Two new features are coming to Chrome for Android today, but they'll be old news if you have been running the beta of Chrome on your device. Bandwidth management and homescreen web shortcuts are both graduating from beta status, and will be showing up in the new version of stable Chrome.


When the update arrives, users will be prompted to enable bandwidth management, which uses Google's servers to compress website data on mobile. A large part of the savings are achieved by swapping out big images with the smaller WebP format. The shortcuts are accessible in the settings menu and will work for any site as a regular shortcut. Sites that implement the proper web app protocol will appear as full-screen interfaces with a spot in the app switcher.

This will be the first update to Chrome stable since November when it rolls out. Google says that should happen over the next few days.

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[Chrome Blog]