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Google Working on Chrome Turbo for Android?


In a bid to improve load times on mobile devices running Chrome, Google has developed a tool inside of Google Chrome called Chrome Turbo. This feature is borrowed from the concept that the Opera browser implements in order to enable faster load times to pages that you frequent often. Here is a detailed explanation of how Opera Turbo works, which is the inspiration for Google’s Chrome Turbo. This new Chrome Turbo also borrows features from Amazon’s Silk browser which is a global cloud browser, which we found to actually be quite slow compared to the competition.

Francois Beaufort reported on Google+"… you won’t be surprised to learn that Google "Chrome For Android" Team is experimenting on reducing data consumption by loading optimized web pages via Google SPDY proxy servers."

This feature is still in development is already available for testing behind a switch that you can enable by running:
adb shell ‘echo "chrome –enable-spdy-proxy-auth" > /data/local/tmp/content-shell-command-line’

The line of code above has to be run in the ADB Shell while your phone is connected to a computer in order to work.

The real goal of doing something like this is to enable users to get better overall load times, especially in scenarios where their internet connection may not necessarily be the best. This does, however, affect the openness of the web as this feature does make the browser run through Google’s SPDY proxy servers. But this is not a default feature and is at the current moment an optional one. Opera also makes Opera Turbo an optional feature, which is nice. Opera turbo also tells you by how much it is speeding up your browser, which we hope Google Chrome Turbo will also be able to do.