Google testing data compression proxy for faster Chrome mobile

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 Fran├žois 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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8 Comments

1. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

In short copying opera right?

2. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

4. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 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 :)

9. JulianGT

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 15, 2012

Like Nokia Xpress Browser?

3. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

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

5. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

6. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

7. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 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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