updated 12:22 pm EST, Wed January 15, 2014
iOS gets Translate, Android gets homescreen shortcuts
Google is today updating the iOS and Android versions of Chrome with several important features. Both platforms now have access to a promised data compression option, which can cut bandwidth use up to 50 percent. The option is toggled through the "Bandwidth management" section under Settings, where people can also track how much data the browser is consuming on a monthly basis. Switching on compression automatically enables Safe Browsing, which screens for phishing and malware.
The iOS version of Chrome has gained support for Google Translate. When the browser detects a foreign language page, a pop-up will appear, offering to translate text to the user's own tongue.
An Android-only addition is the ability to create homescreen shortcuts, much like Safari on iOS. In Chrome, users have go into the Settings menu and tap "Add to homescreen." The resulting shortcut will launch Chrome and automatically jump to a specified page. The option is particularly useful for web apps, which can be treated more like native ones.