Google Chrome could be set to make your internet browsing faster than ever

Google Chrome is widely regarded as the most popular browser around – it offers users a high regard of customisability thanks to its multitude of extensions and other options.

Moreover it is frequently updated by the tech giant with changes that range from huge design overhauls to subtle experience tweaks.

But it appears Google could be lining up a brand new feature for Chrome that could make browsing the web faster than ever.

Ghacks recently discovered a function for “lazy loading” present in the current version of Chrome Canary, suggesting brand new functionality could be on the horizon.

Chrome Canary is essentially an early build of Chrome that is used to test new features.

Lazy loading is a method used by some browsers that will only load specific content when the user scrolls near it.

This typically refers to images, meaning there is less load on an internet connection and computer if the user is on a site that is picture heavy.

If such a feature was implemented into Chrome it could dramatically speed up the browser experience for those with lagging internet connections.

Ghacks posted a picture of the feature in Chrome Canary that can be switched on or off.

The update refers to itself on “Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android”, suggesting if it does make its way to all users, it could arrive on a score of platforms.

The publication also detailed how users can harness Canary and try the feature for themselves.

Chrome lovers should type “chrome://flags/#enable-lazy-image-loading” into their address bar.

The “enable lazy image loading” toggle should be switched to “enabled”.

Users should then open “chrome://flags/#enable-lazy-frame-loading” and ensure “lazy frame loading” is switched on.

For the options to be fully enabled the browser should be restarted.

Ghacks insisted it ran a “quick test” with the feature turned on and off to see if there was a significant difference in browsing speed.

The publication concluded while it will not have a dramatic effect on those with faster internet speeds, those who are “on a 5mbit or slower connection” should see benefits.

Although the feature is currently in Chrome Canary it does not necessarily mean the feature is guaranteed to migrate over to all users.

Daily Express :: Tech Feed

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