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Google adds options for offline browsing on Android

Android users can download webpages in order to view them while offline since last year, and now Google introduced a few new features to its Chrome app.

According to Tal Oppenheimer, product manager at Google, users can now long press on any link or article suggestion on the new tab page and select “Download link.”

“Next time you run into Chrome’s offline dinosaur, you’ll see the “Download Page Later” button. If you tap it, Chrome will automatically download the page for you when you get back online,” Oppenheimer said in a Google blog post.

Photo: Google Blog

Chrome users will also see articles that they have downloaded with an offline badge in new tabs they open, while also seeing a list of their recent downloads.

Android users need to update to the latest version of Chrome to access the new features. Google says more than 45 million web pages are downloaded every week since the option was introduced.

John Beckett