While many of us are lucky to be living in countries where mobile data is easy to come by and carriers offer unlimited data plans (or close to unlimited), that isn’t the case for other parts of the world. This is why a few years ago, we saw a wave of “lite” apps designed to be more data-friendly.
Google incorporated similar functionality into its Chrome browser for Android called Data Saver back in 2014, before renaming it to Chrome Lite. Unfortunately, for those who do rely on the feature to help cut down on data consumption, Google has announced that they will be ditching the feature in the next major update to its Android app.
“On March 29th, 2022, with the release of Chrome M100 to the stable channel, we’ll turn off Lite mode, a Chrome feature for Android that we introduced back in 2014 as Chrome Data Saver to help people use less mobile data on their phones and load web pages faster.
In recent years we’ve seen a decrease in cost for mobile data in many countries, and we’ve shipped many improvements to Chrome to further minimize data usage and improve web page loading. Although Lite mode is going away, we remain committed to ensuring Chrome can deliver a fast webpage loading experience on mobile.”
If you live in a country where data is relatively inexpensive or if you’re on an unlimited data plan, chances are this probably won’t affect you as much as others, but we’re sure there will be some users who will miss the feature once it’s gone.