Chrome may get a ‘Never Slow mode’

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - SCITECH - —

Google seems to be work­ing on a few new fea­tures for Chrome. The com­pany re­cently added Pass­word Checkup Chrome ex­ten­sion. The browser is also ex­pected to get ‘looka­like URLs’ fea­ture. Now, the search gi­ant is said to be work­ing on a Never-Slow mode fea­ture in a bid to of­fer users bet­ter and faster brows­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. This fea­ture will help re­strict re­source load­ing and run­time pro­cess­ing, which will open web­pages at a much faster pace.

A new com­mit has been spot­ted on Chromium Ger­rit which reads, “An ex­per­i­men­tal brows­ing mode that re­stricts re­source load­ing and run­time pro­cess­ing to de­liver a con­sis­tently fast ex­pe­ri­ence.”

How­ever, Google as­serted that this “may silently break con­tent.” Fur­ther­more, the new mode is said to re­duce mem­ory us­age, but it will not af­fect ma­jorly. The com­mit dates back to Oc­to­ber 2018 and the com­pany has re­cently up­dated it. There is also a PRO­TO­TYPE – DO

NOT COM­MIT la­bel.

The com­mit also ex­plains that the new mode, “Cur­rently blocks large scripts, sets bud­gets for cer­tain re­source types (script, font, css, images), turns off doc­u­ment. write(), clob­bers sync XHR, en­ables client-hints per­va­sively, and buf­fers re­sources with­out ~CHECK~Con­tentLength~CHECK~ set. Bud­gets are re­set on in­ter­ac­tion (click/tap/scroll). Long script tasks ( > 200ms) pause all page ex­e­cu­tion un­til next in­ter­ac­tion.” At the mo­ment, there is no in­for­ma­tion on the re­lease date of this fea­ture.

Be­sides, the com­pany re­cently added a new ex­ten­sion, la­beled Pass­word Checkup, which au­to­mat­i­cally checks in the back­ground whether your pass­word is com­pro­mised or not. If your Google ac­count is com­prised, this fea­ture will au­to­mat­i­cally re­set the pass­word. Google is ex­pected to roll out the ‘looka­like URLs’ fea­ture soon, which will warn users if they get fooled by a looka­like web­site. They will be then redi­rected to the orginal site that users were search­ing for.

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