It looks like Google is making it even harder for you to associate Google Chrome with the word ‘slow’, as the company is in the process of outfitting their latest compression algorithm, ‘Brotli’, into their already lightweight browser to help boost its webpage loading times.
First unveiled in late-September last year, Google says ‘Brotli’ will be approximately 20 to 26 percent more efficient at compressing webpages, compared to Chrome’s current compression algorithm, ‘Zopfli’.
“The smaller compressed size allows for better space utilization and faster page loads,” said Zoltan Szabadka, Software Engineer of Google’s Compression Team.
Mobile Chrome users will be in on the fun as well, as Google says ‘Brotli’ will provide “lower data transfer fees and reduced battery use.”
If Chrome isn’t your default browser of choice, don’t worry, because according to The Verge, other web browsers such as Firefox will likewise be adopting Google’s ‘Brotli’ compression algorithm in the near future.
Google mentioned that ‘Brotli’ is currently in its “intent to ship” phase, which means that you can probably expect it to make its appearance in the next stable version of Chrome.