The Washington Post is now providing readers with news notifications through Google’s Chrome browser on desktop and Android devices. These short, timely updates appear in the alerts menu or as brief window displays, known as toast notifications, and take users directly to an article page.

“With push notifications we’re able to send the most relevant messages to our readers so they can quickly and easily be made aware of news as it’s happening,” said Stephen Mefford, senior product manager for The Washington Post. “We’re excited to take advantage of this capability, thanks to our secure site, and provide a different way for users to engage with our content.”

Chrome users who visit The Post’s site will be prompted with the notification option. Once users allow notifications to be sent, they can receive breaking news alerts whether or not Chrome is open or if they’re on the Post site. The Post has also introduced a bell icon on the site header indicating new notifications are available.

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