Google has been quietly testing the Read Letter feature for Chrome on Android, and it looks like the search giant is getting closer to rolling it into a stable build for all of the future.
With the release of Chrome 90, which is currently in the Canary Channel, Google has added the Read Letter feature on Android. This feature is available on the Canary Channel even without enabling the feature flag.
Essentially, Read later works by allowing users to save a web page for later reading. If you have ever used a service like Pocket, this is basically a fancy way of saving bookmarks. Coincidentally, Firefox has deep integration with Pocket, as Mozilla gained service back in 2017.
Oddly, Google Chrome has a functioning Read Later feature on iOS since 2017, but not on Android or PC. However, in the middle of last year, we actually came to know that Google was working on the Read Letter feature for Chrome for Android.
The feature is very easy to use. When you want to save a link, press and hold a link, and common actions will be listed, including “Open a new tab”. You will also see a new “read later” option. Your saved articles can be found in your bookmarks, where you will see the “Reading List” folder.
This is not the most exciting feature offered by Google for Chrome, but it potentially makes users less dependent on similar “read later” services.
Google recently introduced Chrome 88, which introduced tab search and improved password protection. The latter feature makes it easier to identify and fix weak passwords, as well as update multiple usernames and passwords simultaneously.
With Chrome 88 now available, we still have a few versions before the Read Letter feature becomes more widely available. But once it becomes available, we will be sure to let you know. If you want to test the feature on desktop and mobile now, activate this Chrome flag: Chrome: // flags / # read-later.
Thanks to XDA member for some_Random_Username tip!
This article was updated at 12:40 pm ET on January 27, 2021, to clarify that the feature is accessible to users on the Canary Channel.