Monday 4 March 2013

Chrome to imitate Opera Turbo on Android, update coming up

Chrome to imitate Opera Turbo on Android, update coming up
Image credit gsmarena.com
Those who use Opera Mini on their mobiles may be familiar with the term data compression proxy.  It means that when you surf the net through Opera the page first loads on a proxy server at Opera and then is compressed to give you best results on your phone thereby saving data charges as well as enabling you to surf the full fledged net instead of wap site.  Opera did it with mobiles and Opera Turbo is available for PC.  Now Google seems to interested in this technology and as per news reports it has already launched a SDK for Android.  

The Google’s Chrome for Android's new data compression proxy feature is still in the experimentation stage.  However knowing how fast the Google guys works it will not be long before the web browser is officially updated to use the technology currently used by Opera Turbo and Amazon Silk.

The feature is currently optional but could one day be made default if Google when the experiment is completed, significantly helping those on slow connections.

The Google describes the new feature: “Reduce data consumption by loading optimized web pages via Google proxy servers.” which essentially means using less data to give best results to users.

The GSM Arena already has the ADB shell, if you want to experiment it with you browser.

The Tutorial for operating the ADB shell can be seen here.  If you understand it run the following code in ADB shell.

adb shell ‘echo “chrome –enable-spdy-proxy-auth” > /data/local/tmp/content-shell-command-line’

Or you could wait till Google officially launches the browser with proxy support.  Kindly post your comments regarding this article.

Vijay Prabhu

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