Google cutting data usage and translating the web with Chrome for iOS

Google Chrome, one of the better alternative iOS browsers available, is about to get some pretty nifty new features in the latest release; Data compression, and Translate.

When enabled, Chrome’s data compression and bandwidth management can reduce data usage by up to 50% while browsing the web on Chrome for Android and iOS. This feature also enables Chrome’s Safe Browsing technology which helps protect you from malicious webpages.

We heard your requests and will be introducing Google Translate in Chrome for iOS in the coming days. With this update, you can now translate webpages in Chrome with the click of a button on your iPhone and iPad, just as you’re used to on Chrome for desktop and Android.

Both important additions for very different reasons. Translating web pages on the fly is something in particular I'm looking forward to. How about you? Grab the current version from the App Store link below, and keep your eyes peeled for an update in the coming days.

Richard Devine

Senior Editor at iMore, part time racing driver, full time British guy

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Ath0 says:

Both options channel every page you see through Google's servers.

No thanks.

manchot says:

Yeah, that was my concern too. Just like Opera's old (maybe their current, I've stayed away from it) mobile browser. If they do it the same way, it means that SSL pages are decrypted by the intermediate server and then re-encrypted. We'll have to wait and see I suppose.

RickNY says:

It only works with HTTP traffic, not HTTPS..http://blog.chromium.org/2013/03/data-compression-in-chrome-beta-for.html - Additionally the HTTP traffic that is compressed by the proxy is then sent to you via HTTPS

manchot says:

Seems like a good approach. Could be interesting. Thanks for info. We'll see how well it works.

MrJustastic says:

Google pipe enough of what I do through their filter. I don't need them pre-formatting all of my internet.

No thanks.

asuperstarr says:

Both features are great additions. This may be worth taking a look Google chrome just for the data compression.

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Lew8u says:

I'm not seeing this update in the iOS App Store. It still shows a version from 11/20/13.

Richard Devine says:

"Grab the current version from the App Store link below, and keep your eyes peeled for an update in the coming days"

:-)

Lew8u says:

That's what I get for skimming! Thanks.

juicebox_jackson says:

I loved using Chrome but it recently (maybe 6 months or so ago) started freezing and then just crashing over and over. I've deleted the app, reinstalled, made sure it was updated, etc... but it still gave me those issues rendering the app useless.

Has anyone else run into a similar problem? I think my launch-day, iPhone 5 may be struggling to wrap its mind around iOS7 and the battery life has significantly worsened in the last 2-3 months so I wonder if it's just showing it's age?

Corlynn says:

my launch day iPhone 5 still runs iOS 7 smooth as butter, and has battery to last all day and beyond, so I think your problems lie elsewhere.

redmisfitx says:

I didn't like this in Opera, doubt I'll use it with Chrome either.

zdn1042 says:

This is great for those who have limited data plans like me.
And I just started my relationship with Safari... Oh well. We'll just have to see if it will really deliver.

speechtrans trans says:

Hi Richard, the app seems to be useful. Would love to know more about this app. Searching for translation apps for iphone & ipad then, please visit http://speechtrans.com/