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Chrome For Android Now Lets You Save Web Pages For Reading Later (techcrunch.com) 46

Today, Google has introduced a series of improvements to Chrome for Android to make it easier to save content for offline access. The improvements will be made to the "Downloads" feature rolled out in December that allows you to save webpages, music and videos for offline access. TechCrunch reports: To download a web page previously, you would open Chrome's menu in the top-right of the browser, then tap the "save" icon that's located next to the star for bookmarking the site. You could then see all the content you had saved for offline access by tapping on "Downloads" from this same menu. Now, Google is adding more ways to save content, including a way to long press on a link the way you do when you want to open up a page in a new tab. The option to "Download Link" will appear on the pop-up screen you see after your press, below the options to open the page in a new tab or incognito tab. Google says this long press action will also work on its article suggestions on its New Tab page. This New Tab page will also include the articles you've already downloaded, which will be flagged with an offline badge.
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Chrome For Android Now Lets You Save Web Pages For Reading Later

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  • Chrome adds feature
    found in all others
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    • by sims 2 ( 994794 )

      Didn't opera have this feature years ago or was that only on iOS?

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Opera is like a Greek among barbarians: EVERYTHING other browsers have, or will have, Opera had it years ago...

        Yes, you guessed it right: i am a Greek!

        • "Opera is like a Greek among barbarians: EVERYTHING other browsers have, or will have, Opera had it years ago...

          Yes, you guessed it right: i am a Greek!"

          Ok, here' are a few Greek jokes then.
          --
          What game did the Greek Gods play?
          Hydra and go seek.

          What did the Ancient Greeks wear on their feet?
          Tennis Zeus.

          How do Greek women get ready for a toga party?
          With A Hera appointment.

          Have you seen the movies about Greek Mythology?
          No?, well you odyssey them.

          What do you call a musician petrified by Medusa?
          A rockstar.

          Why do

  • by Robotbeat ( 461248 ) on Monday May 08, 2017 @08:47PM (#54381813) Journal

    I remember downloading web pages for display for later on my Windows CE Palm-sized PC Cassiopeia e-105 in 1999.

    Everything old is new again.

    • by mjwx ( 966435 )

      I remember downloading web pages for display for later on my Windows CE Palm-sized PC Cassiopeia e-105 in 1999.

      Everything old is new again.

      However, unlike WinCE, it will actually work.

      Google aren't claiming to have invented anything here, rather just introducing a feature that is new (to modern phone browsers). I can see this as being handy for people who commute, not just because there is little to no reception on the Tube (and spotty at best reception on the train to London) but because once you're in Bank, the towers are so overloaded and modern web pages so bloated that being able to load it from memory is much faster.

      Iphone users, y

  • by Blymie ( 231220 ) on Monday May 08, 2017 @08:57PM (#54381851)

    This has GOT to be an ad.

    What. The. Hell.

    "Hi, we've just added something that others have had for decades! We're the best (now for pay for ad placement)"

    At least in Seinfeld, that'd make an exceptionally overt joke about an ad placement.

  • Everyone is using Pocket for that anyway. Also who's using Chrome on Android? Can't even block any ads, sheesh.
  • To add a new feature, didn't it have to not be there before? This looks like they're just making sure accidental touching of a device you hold in your hands has more serious consequences..
  • by Hentes ( 2461350 ) on Monday May 08, 2017 @09:16PM (#54381941)

    The weird thing is that while you couldn't save webpages on Chrome, it did allow you to print them. I guess with OTG you could connect a printer to your phone, but why on Earth would you want to do that?

    • Does that include 'printing' to PDF?

      Bonus: You're spared a website's JavaScript bullshit if you read it that way.

  • If Chrome on Android would let me read web pages immediately I would be happy enough. It's so bad that the other day I went to the Play store to see if Edge was available for Android.

    • by DrXym ( 126579 )
      Firefox for Chrome. It's a very good mobile browser and has add-ons to block ads etc.
    • I would just be happy if they would allow you to make permanent the setting to view the pages in desktop mode not in mobile mode.

      Firefox at least allows you to alter the user agent so on a large tablet you get the desktop page, not Chrome.

      You have to click a check box and reload on every page to get the desktop view.

  • Google: "Let's call it 'cash', I mean 'cache', and patent it."

  • by gitano_dbs ( 1490853 ) on Monday May 08, 2017 @10:42PM (#54382185) Homepage

    Netscape Communicator did this in 1997

  • It would be nice if they did something similar for their YouTube app
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