Mobile recap: Android Chrome Reader Mode added; Xperia Z4 leaked

While the holiday shopping deals started flowing this past week, a new version of Chrome for Android appeared a little bit earlier in the month. You won’t see it in the release notes but Google tucked in a holiday treat if you know where to find it: Experimental Reader Mode.

This feature strips out all adds and other superfluous information from a mobile web page, leaving you with a pure content experience. [company]Google[/company] has been testing it for some time in Chrome Beta and now offers in the standard browser version.

Earlier this week, I explained how to enable Reader Mode in Chrome for Android, which is pretty simple:

“Since it’s experimental, you still have to find the setting manually; there’s no easy-to-spot checkbox for this yet. Instead, type chrome://flags in Chrome for Android 5.0 and scroll down to the Enable Reader Mode Tool Iconoption. Click the Enable button underneath this choice and tap the Relaunch button.”

Originally, I thought it would only work on Android 5.0 devices since that’s all I had to test on but commenters to my original article later told me that it’s working for them on Android 4.3 and 4.4. That makes perfect sense of course: Since this is an in-browser function, it should work on any Android version that the newest Chrome software runs on.

chrome reading mode example

The 2015 Consumer Electronics show is nearly here already. Hard to believe, but it’s true: 150,000 or more will be trekking out to Las Vegas in early January to set the stage for this coming year. I’ll be there — my 10th consecutive year already – wow! — and plan to attend Sony’s press event, in addition to many others.

It’s a safe bet that Sony’s successor products to the Xperia Z3 phones and tablets will be shown off and early tips suggest that the Z4 won’t have that many changes. However, if the leaks are accurate, the few changes expected are in just the right spots.

Xperia z3v front angle

Expect a faster Qualcomm 805 chip — the Z3 arrived before that processor was readily available — more internal memory and just a slightly larger 5.4-inch Quad HD display. Of course, the phone would run Android 5.0 Lollipop. If Sony decides not to launch the phone until the April to June time frame, it’s even possible for it to have a 64-bit Snapdragon 808 or 810 chip to run Google’s 64-bit Android software.