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Data Compression, Possible New Addition in Chrome Browser

by S.Roy on March 4, 2013

The makers of Google Chrome for Android are experimenting with a new data compression proxy feature that is set to make websites load faster for users, a la Opera Turbo and Amazon Silk. Opera has already made compression available through its quite popular Turbo feature. Turbo has made use of the same feature for quite a long time now, which helps speed up browsing in slow connections.

Google states that the feature aims to “Reduce data consumption by loading optimized web pages via Google proxy servers.” As Opera users know, compressed data also means faster loading of web pages – making faster browsing and data loading possible for users frustrated with slow connections.

Chrome would make use of the SPDY proxy servers of Google and aims to speed up browsing by forcing SSL encryption for all websites that the browser would render. While the feature is still in a developmental stage, Android users can get an idea of it by using the following steps:

  • Connect Android-integrated tablet or phone to your PC
  • Turn on USB Debugging
  • Implement the Android SDK: adb shell ‘echo “chrome –enable-spdy-proxy-auth” > /data/local/tmp/content-shell-command-line’

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The feature was first spotted last week by Google-watcher and noted developer Francois Beaufort in a latest build of Chromium, the open source browser project which has nearly the same features and code as Google Chrome.

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