By Prarthito Maity email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Mar 04, 2013 08:57 AM EST
Google Chrome for Android is already one of the most popular apps for everyone owning an Android smartphone or a tablet, and now the app is set to get even better.
Google’s Chrome for Android team is working on a brand new data compression proxy feature that will speed up browsing, and is pretty similar to the methods used by Opera Turbo and Amazon Silk.
The new information was recently revealed by developer Francois Beaufort, who noticed that the latest nightly build of Chromium includes support for a compression service, and the Google description for it states: “Reduce data consumption by loading web pages via Google proxy servers.” Using less data could also mean faster page loads.
“Are you familiar with Opera Turbo technology or even Amazon Silk Browser features? If so, you won't be surprised to learn that Google 'Chrome For Android' Team is experimenting on reducing data consumption by loading optimized web pages via Google SPDY proxy servers,” Beaufort wrote on the official page.
He also added that the feature is still in development, and is available behind a switch that users can enable by running: “adb shell 'echo "chrome --enable-spdy-proxy-auth" > /data/local/tmp/content-shell-command-line'”
Basically, Google is looking to copy Opera Mini and its popular ways of loading pages faster while also ensuring less data consumption.
“Google’s implementation would be different in that it would use the company’s SPDY proxy servers. SPDY, which is not an acronym but just a short version for the word “speedy,” is a protocol developed primarily at Google to improve browsing by forcing SSL encryption for all sites and speeding up page loads,” The Next Web writes.
“It does the latter via multiplexing (sending multiple streams of data over a single network connection), assigning high or low priorities to page resources being requested from a server, and compressing header information that accompanies communications for resource requests and responses. In other words, it’s part of Google’s broader strategy to speed up the Web.”
For those who are not aware as to what Chromium is or how it works, it is the open source Web browser project from which Google Chrome draws its source code. While the browsers share the majority of code and features, there are still some minor differences.
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