Thursday, April 15, 2021

Chrome for Android lets you preview web links

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You no longer need to press links in Chrome for Android and ask yourself what awaits you on the other side. 9to5Google reports that Chrome 89 for Android has has received a “preview page” functionality via a server-side update. Long press on a link and tap on the option and you will get a preview of a web link without having to leave the site you are on.

This stealth concept is not completely new and arguably not the best implementation. Safari and Microsoft Edge on iOS can already preview a link with a long press and without having to press a confirmation. Google’s approach is slower and has been in development for over two years.

Still, it could be very helpful. You can tell if a page is worth opening without having to open a new tab, for example. You will only have to load new pages if and when you are ready to engage.

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