By Prarthito Maity email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Mar 06, 2013 08:25 AM EST
The Chrome Beta for Android is already a well known app to all Android users all over the planet, and now the company has decided to make it a bit more interesting.
Google has pushed out a brand new update for the app with some highly anticipated usability tweaks to make the experience even better.
The company has now introduced an experimental data compression feature that the company says will result in "substantial" bandwidth savings for the user. Moreover, the update is said to incorporate both password and autofill syncing so that users of the mobile browser can also get hold of the same syncing benefits available on the desktop version of the browser.
While interested users need to note that the mobile app will only sync with the latest Chrome desktop Beta, and it may take a few days for the feature to go live, the experimental feature could turn out to be quite a treat for users.
By typing chrome://flags users can now enable a new experimental data compression proxy that is based upon the SPDY (pronounced "speedy") protocol, already built into the desktop version of Chrome.
“By using SPDY, the proxy is able to multiplex multiple request and response streams in parallel over a single TCP connection to your phone or tablet. When this new feature is enabled (enable the ‘Experimental Data Compression Proxy’ under chrome://flags) the browser-to-proxy connection is over SSL, for a more secure browsing experience,” the official blog states.
“In addition, only HTTP traffic is routed through and optimized by the proxy, so secure (HTTPS) requests will bypass the proxy and continue to connect directly to the destination. Furthermore, DNS lookups are performed by the proxy, instead of on the mobile device. Turning on this experimental feature also enables Safe Browsing.”
Basically, when this feature is enabled, the Chrome Beta connects to a Google SPDY proxy server, which then sends a sleek and optimized version of a given page to the user. Images (Google says they make up 60 percent of the bytes transferred when surfing the Web) are also transcoded into the WebP format.
Head over here to get the latest Chrome Beta app.
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