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Google testing data compression proxy for faster Chrome mobile

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Google testing data compression proxy for faster Chrome mobile
Not everyone has a fast internet connection, especially once you get out of places like the US, Europe, and Japan/Korea. Some companies have been working on optimization technology to make slower connections seem faster since the days of dial-up (anyone remember NetZero?) Now there are reports that Google wants to bring the same data connection proxy to Chrome.

The news comes from François Beaufort, the same guy who first leaked the existence of the Chromebook Pixel. Beaufort found a new feature in Chromium which is described by Google to "reduce data consumption by loading optimized web pages via Google proxy servers." It's essentially the same technology you'd find in Opera Turbo, or Amazon's Silk browser. Often, this is done by having quality of images or video downgraded or compressed to make file sizes smaller, which translates to faster load times. 

Beyond that, Google's implementation looks to speed up the web for everyone by 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. So, even if image or video data isn't changed, the proxy should help to speed up the web.

Of course, Chromium is the open source branch of Chrome, so it's no guarantee that this feature will make it to the main Chrome branch. But, especially in the world of mobile, this would be a key feature for Google to have in Android. 

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posted on 02 Mar 2013, 22:14

1. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

In short copying opera right?

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 22:28 9

2. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)

No. Opera tends to only focus on lowering the quality of your images and video to make loads faster. Google is working to make the process of loading a page faster, and compressing the underlying code.

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 23:04

4. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Most good sites run with underlying code already compressed for browsers that support it (all major one's do).http://adaptive-images.com/ takes care of images part for mobile devices but now the major issue is that with resolution px wars setting in for mobile devices all this image handling will become useless and redundant. Yes image quality still can be controlled by the script noted. For video yes there's nothing in sight but people on slow connection aren;t bothered about viewing videos on mobile in any case :)

posted on 03 Mar 2013, 11:44

9. JulianGT (Posts: 88; Member since: 15 Oct 2012)

Like Nokia Xpress Browser?

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 22:56 1

3. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

Hope it's nothing like Opera Turbo, which absolutely sucks. Nokia Express browser works quite well though.

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 23:06 1

5. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Opera is going to facebook i guess so it will become as useless as FB in any case :)

posted on 02 Mar 2013, 23:51

6. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)

Hopefully people won't rave about how Google deals with your data and your privacy (again). You know, "google is watching", and the like.

posted on 03 Mar 2013, 04:29

7. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

That's what Google is aiming at under the garb of faster browsing. They want your entire website data also cached on their network. It's really getting dangerous.

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