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Tip: Faster browsing with Chrome Beta’s data compression


Here is a neat tip for use with the latest version of Chrome Beta for Android. Google introduced a new data compression feature, which is said to cut data rates by as much as 50 percent while speeding up browser load times, in the newest build, but you will have to enable it to take advantage.

To do so, navigate to chrome://flags and tap “Enable Data Compression Proxy.” That’s it. Yes, the feature is still considered experimental so results are guaranteed, but the feature could come in handy for those doing a lot on the mobile web. Google points out that the overall browsing experience doesn’t lag as it does when Opera’s similar Turbo Mode is enabled.

To check how much data you are saving, open a tab to chrome://net-internals to view bandwidth usage.

[Google via Lifehacker]

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  1. “Yes, the feature is still considered experimental so results are guaranteed,…”

    I’m guessing you meant to say “results are not guaranteed,”

    Other than that, great tip!

    1. Best promise I have ever gotten from something that is experimental.

  2. Doesn’t work on mobile, is it enough to enable it on a logged in desktop browser?

    1. By doesn’t work, I mean that it returns a “webpage is not available” message.

      1. There’s some more in-depth discussion about this on the AndroidPolice comments but if I’m not mistaken you have to have both of your Chrome browsers (desktop and mobile) in the Beta channel.

  3. When I’m in 3G (or worse) areas I simply revert to Opera Mini.
    Same thing, except not experimental.

  4. On my Nexus 7 tablet, and I try to update Chrome, it now says that “Your device isn’t compatible with this version”. Chrome Beta is now incompatible with my tablet, but it updated on my really old Droid Incredible. Has anybody else had this problem, and do you have any idea what I can do to get it back and working again? :-

    1. I saw some people on the AP comments complaining about the same thing, so it’s definitely some kind of bug. Hopefully Google fixes it soon. :)

      1. Thanks, you know… I REALLY wish Google would TELL US WHY the app is incompatible with our device. (Instead of just saying that it isn’t).

        Like they should list off what it is that I don’t have, like for example:
        Screen size: 720p

        or something like that, that way, I know, “ok, I see, so I need to get a new phone with a higher resolution screen if I want that app to work”.

        This has often been a gripe of mine with the Google Play Store (and previously with the Android Market). They really should tell you why it’s incompatible with the app.

        1. Google just released another update for Chrome so that the Nexus 7 can update to it. Check it out:
          Chrome Beta for Android has been updated to 26.0.1410.28. This release contains a few new fixes including:

          180205 – Short flings decelerate too quickly

          180396 – Allow Nexus 7 to update to Chrome 26

          180403 – Fix password sync for users upgrading from Chrome 25 (This fix will roll out over the next few days)

          Thanks to AndroidPolice for the update! :)

  5. Enabled it on my s3, very fast & saving me 27% (guaranteed) :) Saw a thread in Google groups calling the nexus 7 incompatibility a bug soon to be fixed. Hope they hurry, I need this on my nexus yesterday…

  6. You have to be running the beta channel on desktop as well to access the features..

  7. Hopefully this “Data Compression Proxy” doesn’t have any privacy issues.

    Reminds me of the defunct Google Web Accelerator.

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