With the use of newest technology, the speed of your Chrome browser is about to go up. That’s thanks to Google rolling out a new data-compression algorithm, which will speed up your web browsing by reducing file sizes.
Google employee Ilya Grigorik announced on Google+ that the Brotli compression algorithm will be coming soon to Chrome. Brotli is currently in beta, and advanced Chrome Canary users can enable it now through the chrome://flags menu in.
Following Google’s previous data-compression algorithm, Zopfli, Brotli is named after Swiss baked goods, meaning “small bread.”
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The open-source algorithm was first announced in September last year, and Google software engineer Zoltán Szabadka wrote that the team wants to see Brotli used across more than just Chrome.
“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,” he wrote.
According to a study released by Google, Brotli has the top compression and decompression speeds and smallest sizes in most cases compared to other compression algorithms. Brotli compresses to sizes 17-25% smaller than other methods and uses less processing and battery power to do so. Compared to Google’s previous compression algorithm, Zopfli, Brotli gets 20-26% higher compression ratios. Compression ratios look at uncompressed size over compressed size, so a higher ratio means smaller overall size.
“The smaller compressed size allows for better space utilization and faster page loads,” Szabadka wrote.
Expect to see faster load times in Chrome in the near future, and perhaps in other browsers that pick up the open-source algorithm. If you want to check it out yourself, the code is available on GitHub.
Source: Mashable Asia