Chrome on Android will automatically download articles to read offline

Google likes to predict what its users might want, from which websites should have video autoplay enabled to the actions you might want to take on your photos, which may sometimes divide users as to whether these features are useful or invasive.

Now, the company is announcing a new feature for Chrome on Android which might be even more divisive. Aimed at countries where mobile connectivity tends to be more limited, such as India and Brazil, the new feature will automatically download news articles whenever the user is connected to free or unmetered WI-Fi connections.

The browser will download relevant news based on what's popular in your location, and, if you've signed into Chrome, it'll also use your browsing history to determine which articles might be more relevant to you. The downloaded articles will be saved to a "popular pages from Chrome" folder in the browser's download page, from where they can be accessed without an internet connection.

The feature is already available in the latest version of Chrome for Android for users in over 100 countries. You can get the latest version from the Play Store here and see if the feature is available in your region.

Source: Google India Blog via CNET

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