The Google Chrome browser will soon be able to load webpages faster and use less data with the introduction of a new compression algorithm – Brotli. According to Google, the Brotli compression algorithm is an entirely new data format that performs better by packing in more data while still able to decompress at roughly the same speed as other browsers.
“Brotli” is actually Swiss-German for ‘small bread’. Introduced back in September 2015, the compression algorithm isn’t just another deflate-compatible engine, but an entirely new data format. Google claims that Brotli could reduce file sizes by up to 26-percent and help reduce battery use on mobile devices.
Those who are interested in trying out the new Brotli-enabled Google Chrome browser can give Chrome Canary a go. Chrome Canary is Google’s browser that is used to test new features. Do note that bugs and glitches are expected while using Google’s Chrome Canary. To download it, click here.
It won’t be long before Google rolls out the official release version of Google Chrome that utilises the new Brotli compression algorithm; hopefully on desktops as well as mobile platforms. Although the new compression algorithm is able to load webpages faster, it’s still very much dependent on the Internet connection you’re using.
(Source: The Next Web)