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SPDY support in Chrome for Android still in development

updated 07:28 am EST, Mon March 4, 2013

Proxy-based browsing claimed to improve connection speeds

Google may be introducing a proxy-based connection enhancement to Chrome for Android, in order to improve Internet speeds for mobile devices. Flags listed in the Chromium Git commit mention about SPDY proxy authentication, calling it a way to "Reduce data consumption by loading optimized web pages via Google proxy servers."

Though still being developed, the flags would offer a smoother connection in a similar way to Opera Turbo and the Amazon Silk Browser, according to Francois Beaufort on Google+. The SPDY protocol, a shortened form of the term Speedy, is said to lower page load times by up to 64-percent compared to HTTP, and has picked up support in other browsers, such as in Firefox.

There is no mention of when Chrome for Android will receive SPDY support, nor if it will appear on the desktop version of the browser, but it can be enabled on a device by running an adb shell command in the Android SDK.

by MacNN Staff



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