Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Chrome Beta For Android Gets Support For Experimental Data Compression On Google’s Servers, Reduces Data Usage By 50%
Google just announced that it has released a new feature for the Chrome Beta for Androidthat could speed up web browsing and save bandwidth for mobile Chrome users. With thisproxy feature turned on, all your web requests will be routed through Google’s servers, where the company then uses its PageSpeed libraries to compress and optimize the content. The actual connection to the browser from Google’s servers is then handled by the SPDY protocol, which optimizes the content even more.
To turn this feature on, visit chrome://flags in your browser and select “Enable Data Compression Proxy.”
Even when this feature is turned on, Google will still route all of the secure HTTPS connections from your browser directly to their destination. They won’t touch Google’s servers. The same goes for incognito tabs.
Also new in this new beta version of Chrome is support for password and autofill entries syncing, which was previously only available for Chrome on the desktop, but the key feature is obviously support for the SPDY proxy service.