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Android Chrome lets you read news articles offline
July 1, 2018, 2:02 pm
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Reading news articles using data services on prepaid SIM cards is often a slow and expensive option, especially for consumers in emerging markets.
 
Google Chrome on Android is now getting a new feature that will automatically download relevant news articles when connected to Wi-Fi and cache these articles for offline reading.
 
You could already save a page for offline reading or download articles using third-party apps, but those methods often require users to manually pick which articles to save. The new update on Google’s Chrome browser for Android 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.
 
Google is aiming the new feature at emerging markets that have limited access to data, and it is rolling out to 100 countries, including India, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Brazil. The feature can also be useful to anyone on a limited data plan.
 
On another note, Google also announced last week a new tool that lets you measure distances and areas on Google Map.
 
With the tool, users can measure the distance between two points or the surface area of a selected chunk of the map. You can, for instance, now easily measure how far your home is from your workplace, or for that matter, from your national capital. 
 
Users are not limited to simple squares, either. The Measure tool will let you select the borders of an area, so it is easier to measure irregularly shaped objects like parks, buildings, or even states and countries.
 
The Measure tool is available now on Android and Google Chrome, and an iOS version is said to be “coming soon”.
 
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