Google Updates Chrome and Maps for Android
Google today provided updates to the beta version of Chrome for Android 4.0 devices, as well as Google Maps for all Android devices. The Chrome update introduces several new features, including the ability to request the desktop version of a web site rather than the mobile version; the ability to add bookmarks as shortcuts on the home screen; the ability to select apps for opening links; and the ability to use Chrome with a system proxy. The beta browser also adds the ability to download files from the browser directly to the device; the ability to play older YouTube embedded content; and adds support for country-specific search engines. Google Maps version 6.5.1 includes a "critical bug fix." Both apps can be updated through the Google Play Store.
Google Adds Android Pay to Chrome
Google recently updated its Chrome browser for Android devices with several performance improvements. Fire and foremost, Android users can rely on Android Pay to make purchases online when browsing.
Progressive Web Apps Will Soon Sink Deeper Into Android
Google plans to improve Progressive Web Apps in the next beta version of Chrome, a change that will give the apps far more functionality than they currently enjoy. Google has been experimenting with Progressive Web Apps since 2015.
Google's Chrome Browser for iOS Lets You Save Articles for Later
Google has updated its Chrome browser for iOS devices and given it the ability to save online stories for later reading. The share button now includes a "read later" option that will download the article directly to the device so it can be read at a later time, even when the phone is offline.
Google Pushing Chrome 56 to Android Devices
Google has made the latest build of its Chrome browser available to Android handsets and tablets. Chrome 56 adds several new features, including the ability to easily use emails, addresses, and phone numbers that are buried within web pages by tapping on them.