If you don’t have faultless internet connectivity, Google Chrome will ensure you still get your daily dose of news. Google Chrome on Android is getting a new feature that will automatically download relevant news articles when connected to Wi-Fi. The company announced that it would also help cache articles for offline reading.
About the feature
The catch here is that the feature downloads articles based on the most popular content in your location. It also depends on your browsing history for stories which may interest you. The feature will be rolling out to over 100 countries including India, Nigeria, and Brazil.
You could already download articles through third-party apps or by saving a page offline. But those methods often require users to manually pick which articles to save. The updated version automatically downloads articles that are recommended to you based on interests and location.
Since the cache articles are ones that Google personalizes for you, they may not always be exactly what you want to read. Still, it may be helpful for some users who want to have a bit of content for offline viewing while they are commuting or waiting in an area with limited connectivity.
How to avail this feature?
The company further noted that users who are signed into Chrome can also access relevant articles, based on browsing history. This downloaded content is then available at any point in time. The users can access this feature by updating to the latest version of Chrome on Android in Google Play.
Besides, the tech giant recently announced the rollout of an offline mode for Chrome on Android.
“Today, we’re introducing another way for Chrome on Android users in India. Along with more than 100 countries including Nigeria, Indonesia, and Brazil, to surf the web with Chrome on Android devices – even without a constant internet connection. When you’re connected to free, unmetered WiFi, Chrome will automatically download relevant articles, based on what content is most popular in your location,” Amanda Boss, Product Manager, Offline Chrome for Android.