Google Chrome for Desktop to Boost Android Speed
Google Chrome on desktop platforms could get a speed boost, via a feature pulled directly from the Android variant. This is based on the documentation for Chrome 92, marked with Most recent windows.
The acceleration – based on the “back forward cache” – will apply to Google browser on Windows, Linux and macOS.
What is the back cover and how will it apply a speed boost for desktop Chrome?
Now, the back cover in question is a method used on Android to provide a noticeable speed boost. This is specifically when browsing using the Previous or Next options. This is because it stores the previous page in the cache so that when users swipe back or use the menu to move forward again, it loads almost instantly. And it’s been in place on Android since Chromium 87.
In short, this means that the resources used to present and interact with the page are preserved. At least for the most recent pages. And this applies to the most recently visited page first. If a user then navigates “back” using the back arrow user interface, the page they leave to return is also cached. This way pressing forward again will result in a page that will load just as quickly. As described by Google, it keeps the page “alive”, then “reuses it for navigation in the session history (browser back / forward buttons, history.back (), etc.)”.
When will you see these instant loading pages?
From now on, Google will not perform standard tests with this feature. Namely, this is his “Origin Trial” method. Instead, it will roll out the feature gradually. And, since it’s currently being tested and developed through Chrome Canary Channel, it should appear around the same time as Chrome 92. At least for the first group of users.
This means Chrome 92 is likely to be a feature-rich deployment, at least for those users who are getting the new back cover. Google is also expected to launch a new hub based on the Omnibox URL for sharing with Chrome 92. This is in addition to several other changes expected for users. Potentially making Chrome 92 one of the biggest feature updates for users to date.