Many websites nowadays offer mobile apps to accompany their website, which allows them to be able to stay in touch better with their audiences. We do live in the information age after all, so it’s nice being able to get a notification when the latest Android news hits right on our homescreen or lockscreen. How else will we know when the latest flagships come out!?

Google though, being the game changer that it is, has announced a substantial update to the mobile version of Chrome, update 42, that is going to streamline the process of getting notifications from your favorite websites, that will, in time, make having to download a separate app a thing of the past.

Users will now be able to opt in to receive push notifications straight from Chrome, which will show up on the lockscreen (for lollipop users) or on the homescreen, just like any other kind of notification. Awesome, right?

As of right now though, not all websites are supported, as only some early adopters have updated their websites to support this feature. Some examples of early adopters are Beyond the Rack, eBay, Facebook, FanSided, Pinterest, Product Hunt, and VICE News. While this is a short list, many other websites are sure to follow within the new couple of months.

Another notable feature that comes with Chome 42 will be the ability to quickly add homescreen shortcuts directly from mobile-optimized website. Now you can quietly access your favorite sites without having to keep a tab open with it at all times.

Source: Chromium Blog

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  1. Ok, where I can set the push notification options on the Facebook website?

    This new feature is EXACTLY what I needed to finally ditch their horrible, bug-ridden, resource-hungy Android app.

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