Donât you find it annoying when Chrome takes an additional second or two to reload a web page you had visited only recently? Google does, too â and it is making things smoother.
Google says refreshes on Chrome browser are now about 28 percent faster, adding that improvements should be visible on both mobile and desktop versions of its marquee browser.Â
Explaining how it managed to cut short the time it takes to reload a page, Google said it is changing the way its browser handles what is known as “validation.”Â
Every time a user visits or revisits a page, Chrome requests hundreds of network requests for it. In the latest version of Chrome, likely v56, the browser only validates the main resource (things that it believes may have been changed and need to be validated).Â
“The existing reload behavior usually solves broken pages, but stale content is inefficiently addressed by a regular reload, especially on mobile,” Googleâs Takashi Toyoshima wrote in a blog post.Â
“This feature was originally designed in times when broken pages were quite common, so it was reasonable to address both use cases at once,” he wrote, adding that it was no longer necessary for browsers to validate each and every element.Â
For people like you and yours truly, it means not only will the pages reload faster, it will also result in lower data consumption and energy.Â
Google has been hard at work with making Chrome faster and more secure in the recent weeks. The company announced this week that Chrome 56 will flag HTTP pages that collect credentials of banks and accounts as “not secure” in the address bar itself.