Chrome beta for Android can beam presentations to Chromecast

5 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

10 free Chrome hacks that will change the way you browse the Internet.

A lot of smartphone users worry about their 3G/4G data limit getting exhausted before the billing cycle is complete because that entails high cost of additional data use.By removing all the images on a slow-loading page, and giving the user the option of whether or not to visualise them, Chrome claims to be able to save as much as 70% more data.

That is why any app that can save crucial megabytes (MB) can go a long way in saving money and can also improve the web browsing experience on sluggish networks. The new features include support presenting to Google Cast devices, custom notification buttons, and bandwidth estimation with the NetInfo downlinkMax API.

Oppenheimer explains “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.” This data saver mode will first be available in India and Indonesia, before being rolled out more globally in the coming months. For this, we accessed the same websites and same web pages with the data feature turned off, on the older data saver version and finally on the very latest Chrome browser app on Android phones.

We accessed five different websites—,, New York Times, BookMyShow and ESPN Cricinfo—through the Chrome browser on the phone, and on a connection with a tested speed of up to 1.6Mbps. More recently, webpages gained the ability to send push notifications to users with the release of Chrome 42 while the desktop notification center was removed in Chrome 47. Google says usage of push notifications “has grown quickly,” with the browser now delivering “more than 350 million push notifications every day.” Chrome 48 beta allows sites to add custom buttons to notifications, so users can complete various tasks entirely within the notification.

Lastly, developers can now use NetworkInformation.downlinkMax to detect a device’s maximum bandwidth or even the NetworkInformation.onChange event handler to respond to connection speed changes. Then you can visit the Instapaper site whenever you want and read the article in a simplified reader layout, or you can click through to read it on the original site. Web Audio JavaScript syntax can now be shortened and simplified with method chaining for AudioNode.connect() and AudioParam.connect() automation methods.

Sticking with the “side” theme for a moment, Sidenote is a simple extension for Chrome that lets you take notes in a panel on the side of your browser while you surf the web. With the Chrome extension, simply click the 1Password icon, enter your “one password” to unlock it, and then the app will log you into whatever site you’re on. Install the plugin, pick your language, tell the extension how well you know the new language already, and Language Immersion will sporadically replace words and phrases on the pages you browse with translated text. It may take away some visual elements from the website you are browsing, but considering the fact that you are sacrificing a lot more in terms of data usage, processing power and also battery life, this trade-off is something most users will gladly accept.

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