Chrome for Android Update Brings Accelerated Downloads

The Chrome team has released the latest update of the browser for Android.  The updated build is version 62.0.3202.66 for those keeping score at home and should be rolling out via the Play Store over the next few weeks.  This is the first build in the 62 train for Android that has hit the production release.

This new version contains the normal security and performance improvements that you have come to expect from this big monthly updates so no real news there.  No, the news is in the new features.

Accelerated downloads are now a part of the browser to allow for faster downloading of files while on your phone or tablet.  If you aren’t familiar with Download Accelerators, essentially what they do is break up large files into smaller bits which are faster to download than one big file.

The ability to view and copy passwords saved with Chrome if the device is locked is now in this build of the browser.  Also, you can now more quickly see your data savings in the browser’s menu if you have Data Saver enabled.

Overall it is a solid update and one that Android users will want to pick up as soon as it is available on their account.  The OTA for the update should be rolling out over the course of the next couple of weeks so be sure to check the Play Store on your phone or tablet for it (if you don’t have auto-update enabled).

As a reminder, the 62 train has already left the station for Windows, Mac and Linux versions of the browser.  That happened last week.

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