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Chrome for Android just got a big time-saving upgrade — how to try it now

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Chrome for Android just got a handy update that can save you time. Simply put, you can now preview a page before actually going to it. This means you can avoid being rickrolled or going to a potentially dangerous page.

This comes via a new "Preview page" option (via 9to5Google) in the context menu when you long press on a link, sitting right between the incognito and copy link options. Doing so opens a preview window that slides over the current page.

The preview window will take up about 4/5 of your screen and acts like a completely separate window. You can scroll on the page as you normally would and even open links within the preview. However, you cannot preview within the preview, so be warned.

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When the preview window appears, you'll see the site's favicon, article name and site address, an open button and an X to close it. You can also swipe the preview down to dismiss it. This new feature adds a whole new way to improve your mobile tab workflow, or just to see what a link is without actually opening it.

This is available in the stable Chrome branch on v89. It comes via a server-side update — I had it on my Pixel 5 and my Galaxy S21 Plus. Google has been working on this for quite some time, so it's good to see it hit prime time.