Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has launched a new compressing extension for its Chrome browser. The extension works by compressing data, thus reducing data usage.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has revealed that the company developers started working on the concept since 2013, and news of it leaking out in the third quarter of 2014. The service works by optimizing data availing it to the browser. The service will come very much in handy for people browsing the internet with low speeds, mobile data, or slow broadband connection. This is because the extension will allow users to open web pages and access data faster. The extension is also expected to reduce spending on internet bundles by cutting off unnecessary consumption of data. An extra advantage is safety which might be an accidental feature. Once activated, the sites go through Google servers where they are checked for malicious webpages.
The downside to using this extension is that once the data saving is activated, web pages will be of lower quality with more dullness especially for images. The extension will not be ideal for desktop and heavy web surfing.
Installation of the extension is easy. Simply download the extension, and you are good to go. The extension can be accessed by clicking on to the tool bar where you can turn it on or off. In addition, you get a graph showing you the statistics of the saved amount of data.
The add-on extension is still on its beta test. It is not yet available for browsing on web pages such as SSL and incognito pages. However, Chrome 41 and any newer versions are ideal for using this extension. The concept has some similarities with Opera browser’s turbo mode for PCs. Similar compression features are being offered on iOS and Google chrome for android thus promising a better browsing experience for mobile internet browsing.