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Google Chrome to Get Major Speed Boost

Google Chrome to Get Major Speed Boost
According to an update from Google engineer Ilya Grigorik, Chrome will be getting a new algorithm to boost speed.

"Good news, Brotli compression is coming to a Chrome browser near you! Intent to ship, with LGTMs," said Grigorik in a Google+ post this week. The new algorithm is named after a Swiss bakery product, like its predecessor Zopfli. In Swiss German, Brötli means "small bread." With Brotli, Google Chrome pages could launch up to 25 percent faster and the new algorithm is specifically designed to work only with HTTPS connections, making security a by-product of faster speeds. While the new algorithm can boost speeds up to 25 percent, the actual speed boost will vary by language with the slowest seeing improvements of 17 percent. Brotli is already available on Chrome’s Canary channel and is expected to roll out in the next stable release of Chrome.

Brotli was announced back in September as a concept, but Google did not give a timetable for the new algorithm at that time. "At Google, we think that internet users’ time is valuable, and that they shouldn’t have to wait long for a web page to load," said Google in a blog post on the new algorithm. "Because fast is better than slow." Back in September, Google’s tests showed that Brofli allowed for 20 to 26 percent higher compression ratios than Zopfli. "The smaller compressed size allows for better space utilization and faster page loads. We hope that this format will be supported by major browsers in the near future, as the smaller compressed size would give additional benefits to mobile users, such as lower data transfer fees and reduced battery use," added Google. Brotli is expected to roll out to Android users.

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