If you’ve ever missed out on a lengthy feature or interview online because you’ve mistakenly assumed that you’ll remember to read it when you have more time, then this latest improvement to Google Chrome will be ideal. It seems plenty of people who work at the Google campus must have the same issue as one of the next updates to Chrome will introduce a “Read Later” feature.
So, if you come across an article, tutorial, or recipe that you want to check out – but don’t have the time right now, Chrome will store the address for later on. The list of URLs added with the “Read Later” button will be synced across devices.
So, an article that you found on your smartphone while eating on your lunchbreak will be available to deep-dive into on your tablet curled-up on the sofa at the end of the day.
If this feature sounds familiar at all it’s probably because three of Google Chrome’s most prominent rivals all include a very similar feature. On Safari, it’s called Reading List, while Microsoft Edge has its own Collections feature. Mozilla Firefox doesn’t have its own version of the technology but includes built-in access to Pocket – an app designed to store and sync web resources you want to read at a later date.
Google has experimented with similar features in the past, but it has never emphasised them inside Chrome.
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First spotted by blog TechDows, the “Read Later” feature is reportedly coming to Chrome for desktop and laptop computers. A similar feature has been spotted in Chrome on iPhone and iPad, but there’s no sign of it coming to other platforms quite yet.
Unfortunately, the Read Later feature isn’t available to test quite yet. Although references to the feature have been spotted within Chrome Canary – an unstable beta version of the web browser that Google uses to test new features before they roll out to millions worldwide – it’s not live to try yet.
Express.co.uk will keep you in the loop about the development of the new feature and when it’s available to test. In the meantime, third-party options to store and sync articles to read later – like Instapaper and Pocket – offer extensions that offer a one-tap-to-save button to your Chrome browser. Crucially these solutions might not work in your browser on mobile, but there are smartphone apps that offer the same feature on-the-go.
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