It became known that the developers from Google have begun testing the Read Later function in their proprietary browser for the Android platform. This tool allows you to add web pages that you are viewing with your browser to your read-to-read list. The Read Later feature is currently available to users in the beta version of Chrome Canary for the Android mobile platform.
This feature allows you to set aside pages for later reading, just as it does with the Pocket service, which is owned by Mozilla and has deep integration with the Firefox browser. It is noteworthy that the deferred read function in Chrome for the iOS platform has been present since 2017, but this tool is not implemented in the Android and PC versions of the browser. The first mentions that developers are preparing to implement deferred reading functionality in Chrome for Android were discovered by enthusiasts in the middle of last year.
Using the Read Later feature is easy. It is enough to click on any link and hold it to call the context menu, offering to perform different actions. In addition to copying and opening the link in a new tab, the menu item “Read later” will appear in this menu, clicking on which, the selected page will be moved to the pending reading list. The pages saved in this way will be placed in a separate folder “Reading list”, which will appear in the bookmarks.
Of course, this is not the most interesting feature of Chrome, but it will allow users to opt out of third-party tools in order to access the deferred read feature. According to reports, the “Read Later” tool will appear with the release of Chrome 90, and until then it will be tested in beta versions of the Google browser.