Google Chrome Gets Major Update – But Millions Will Miss Out

Google are launching a new update that will make their market-leading Chrome browser up to 20 per cent quicker. The California based tech giant vowed that the minimum speed boost that users will see is still a hefty 10 per cent.

However, the speed boost will ONLY be experienced by Android users – as the update is for the browser on the Google developed mobile OS.The speed boost will be part of the updates Chrome on the Android is getting in version 59 – which should be dropping any day now.

Google had previously outlined the speed upgrade in April, and said it is because of improvements in the browser’s V8 JavaScript engine.JavaScript is behind a lot of the advanced functionality on popular websites like Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia and Reddit.

Google in their notes for the update said the V8 engine is more efficient and uses less memory – so Chrome should load up JavaScript-heavy pages quicker. The Google Chrome 59 (59.0.3071.92) update also contains other performance and stability fixes.

Your Android device should install the Chrome 59 update automatically. But you can give the process a kickstart by heading to the Play Store and going to the ‘My apps & games’ to see if the update is waiting for you.

Google also recently revealed exciting news about a blockbuster update coming to Chrome on the desktop and on mobile.The update will include the long rumoured ad-blocking built-in feature, however it is not penciled in for release until next year.

Senior Vice President of Ads and Commerce, Sridhar Ramaswamy published a blog about the upcoming software update.

He said: “The vast majority of online content creators fund their work with advertising.

“That means they want the ads that run on their sites to be compelling, useful and engaging – ones that people actually want to see and interact with.

“But the reality is, it’s far too common that people encounter annoying, intrusive ads on the web – like the kind that blare music unexpectedly, or force you to wait 10 seconds before you can see the content on the page.

“These frustrating experiences can lead some people to block all ads – taking a big toll on the content creators, journalists, web developers and videographers who depend on ads to fund their content creation.”

Apple will also be hoping to take a chunk of the Google Chrome market share, after they revealed a new Safari browser they claim is 80 per cent faster.

The speedy Safari browser will come with the new macOS High Sierra operating system, and it will be released this autumn.

This upgraded browser will include a number of improvements such as autoplay video blocking but it’s the speed many may find most exciting.

Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering said: “Safari is the world’s fastest desktop browser with High Sierra and it tops them all.

“And Safari’s domination continues with the new modern version of Javascript where it delivers 80 per cent faster performance than Chrome.”

 

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