Google Update Could Slash Mobile Data Consumption

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Google is rolling out an update that aims to make browsing the Internet on a mobile device faster while also allowing you to consume less data.

On Monday, the tech giant announced this update for the Data Saver mode in Google’s Web browser, Chrome.

Tal Oppenheimer, a product manager at Google, explains in a blog post:

We’re updating this mode to save even more data — up to 70 percent! — by removing most images when loading a page on a slow connection. After the page has loaded, you can tap to show all images or just the individual ones you want, making the web faster and cheaper to access on slow connections.

The bad news is that the Western world will have to wait for the Chrome update. Users in India and Indonesia will be the first to experience it, “with additional countries [following] in the coming months,” according to Google.

The update will be available for mobile devices running on the Android operating system. The blog post makes no mention of when it will become available for devices running on Apple’s iOS operating system.

If you’re unfamiliar with the existing version of Chrome’s Data Saver mode, you can visit Google’s “Reduce data usage with Chrome’s Data Saver” page to learn more about the feature and how to enable it.

The tech website CNET reports that Google first introduced Data Saver to the Chrome apps for mobile devices running on Android or iOS operating systems in January 2014. The company extended the feature to its Chrome browser for desktop and laptop computers in March of this year.

Do you take any actions to keep your mobile data consumption down? What’s your best trick? We’d love to hear — let us know below or on our Facebook page.

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