Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Google Chrome gets two important tweaks for speed and data saving

Google Chrome gets two important tweaks for speed and data saving

When Chrome detects that the user is on a 2G or slower network or that it would take more than 5 seconds to load a page, Data Saver kicks in by sending the page to Google's servers to be rendered in an optimized way and then sends that lite version to your phone.

Of course, there are already a number of dark themes which you can download through the Chrome store, but the latest update means you won't need to shop around for a theme you like - you can just use the official one.

Google began testing native picture-in-picture (PIP) video mode for Chrome past year, but Chrome 73 sees the feature getting an expanded presence on the browser's desktop version, extending PIP support to progressive web apps. Because, essentially, Incognito and normal windows now look the same.

To turn it on, go to the settings panel in MacOS, choose "General", and select "Dark" under the "Appearance" pulldown menu. Additionally, features like cross-platform tab sharing are now under testing.

In addition to the wider support for PIP mode, Chrome 73 will also let developers add hardware media key support to web apps.

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To show users when a page has been optimised, Chrome shows a Lite icon in the URL bar, denoting that a toned down version of the page is being displayed. Lite Pages are optimised versions of webpages presented after passing them through Chrome's Data Saver feature to make them consume lesser data and load faster. Users get enhanced spell check, a new option for "safe browsing extended reporting".

On launching the browser you should be able to see the dark version of the browser.

The Chrome 73 update will be rolling out to all desktop users in the coming days. Support for features like Dark Mode on Windows and other changes will hopefully follow soon after, but Google hasn't given any specific timetable.

If you're a Chrome user who also happens to use a Mac, you're in for some good news.

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