Microsoft Edge beta for Android rolls out breaking news alerts and more

Microsoft Edge on Android
Microsoft Edge on Android (Image credit: Windows Central)

Just a day after rolling out to the Microsoft Edge beta for iOS, Microsoft is shipping a few new features to beta testers on Android as well. The highlights of this release include breaking news alerts, the ability to check out annotations you've made in books, and more.

If you're using Edge as your Android browser of choice, you'll now get push alerts when important news events happen. Microsoft already offers this with its own news app, so this is just another way for you to keep up with breaking current events. On top of that, this update will make it easy to check out what's new with Edge and tips from a new option in the settings menu. And, of course, there are plenty of performance improvements tagging along here as well.

Here's a look at all of what's new:

  • Know when important news happens with breaking news alerts
  • Quickly get to the What's new and tips web page from the Settings and more menu
  • See annotations you made in books (note: doesn't apply to PDF free-form inking)
  • Improved performance

This update comes after Edge received a fairly substantial update in June, bringing with it intelligent visual search, new default search engines, and a few extra goodies for those signed in with a work or school account.

While today's update is only available if you're opted into the Edge beta, the features should land relatively soon for the release version given Microsoft's relatively rapid pace of development on Edge for mobile devices.

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  • Yeah well when are they going to get to serious stuff? Like.. Who the hell thought it was a good idea to have all my saved password accessible from my phone without a unique password? Like.. Can you please ******* have the ability to automatically clear my cache upon exit?
  • It seems much faster, too.