Google is starting to roll out a new update to its Chrome browser that promises to greatly speed up load times.
The update contains a new data compression algorithm called Brotli, which Google first unveiled in September. The new algorithm reduces page sizes 26% more than Chrome’s previous compression tool, Zopfli.
In a Google+ post, Google engineer Ilya Grigorik announced that Brotli will be coming to Chrome soon, likely in the browser’s next major update.
“At Google, we think that internet users’ time is valuable, and that they shouldn’t have to wait long for a webpage to load,” Google revealed in a September blog post, when it first announced Brotli. “Because fast is better than slow.”
Google released the compression code as open-source, which means it can be implemented by Mozilla and other browser companies in the future.
Google released version 45 of Chrome in September, which promised to make pages load faster and save your battery at the same time.
Another major update means videos will not load in background tabs, ensuring faster load times for current tabs, while eliminating annoying background noise that often occurs when a video loads in a currently not used tab.