We don’t know about you, but we love waking up and seeing some of our installed applications have updates available. It gives us a feeling the app fairy made a visit to our phone overnight and has bestowed us with a new update, which hopefully is more than just “a few tweaks and minor improvements.” In the case of Google Chrome’s iOS app, there’s more than just that in an update released today.
Google Chrome for iOS now makes it possible to open links of other Google-owned properties, such as links to YouTube videos, Google Maps locations, Google+ profiles or posts and Google Drive links, to open their respective applications on your device. If you don’t have the dedicated application for the service, you’ll be able to install the app from within Chrome, which will then make opening those links much easier in the future.
Today’s update also adds support for data compression, which Google already offered in the Android version of its Chrome browser. The data compression service will help save users bandwidth, load pages faster and browse more securely, although the switch will take several days for all of Google’s users to experience the compression service once its enabled within Chrome’s settings.