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Google Chrome on Android will now let you browse the web faster on slower connections

Chrome for Android will now have the 'NoScript' flag turned on by default.

  • Published: August 24, 2018 2:32 PM IST
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As the most popular web browser in the world, Google Chrome is used on a multitude of devices, ranging from PCs to smartphones. Thanks to the dominance of Android across the globe, Chrome is the default browser of choice on most mobile devices, and one that comes pre-loaded on most Android smartphones.

However, even though Google Chrome on Android can easily render the heaviest of websites, not everyone has ultra-fast 4G cellular connectivity. The browser is now getting a new feature that ensures that users with even 2G connections can enjoy a fast web-browsing experience.

In October last year, Google introduced a ‘NoScript’ flag (experimental feature) in Chrome. As the name suggests, this flag disables JavaScript on some webpages to speed up their loading times and overall responsiveness.

According to a report by XDA-Developers, Google Chrome for Android will now have the ‘NoScript’ flag turned on by default. This means that going forward, the browser will automatically disable JavaScript plug-ins on slower network connections. The feature is sure to help users in developing countries, where faster cellular connections are still not as prevalent.

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In related news, Google Chrome seems to be testing a new page loading technique that will allow users to browse the web faster. Dubbed ‘Lazy Loading,’ the feature was recently spotted on Google Chrome’s developmental ‘Canary’ channel.

In the simplest of terms, ‘Lazy Loading’ is a technique that allows the web browser to load only those webpage elements that are currently visible on the display. The rest of the elements are loaded as the user scrolls up/down. This results in an overall faster browsing experience, since the browser doesn’t have to load and cache the entire webpage in one go.

  • Published Date: August 24, 2018 2:32 PM IST