Google’s mobile browser speeds downloads by 60%

by Curtis Lee Fulton

Google says the beta version of its Android Chrome mobile browser ships with a performance system that can speed up web page downloads by 60%. The system works by funneling end-user traffic through Google’s PageSpeed service, which compress the web page code for size and optimizes it for speed. It also converts images to the WebP format, which makes JPEGs 25-34% smaller and PNGs 26% smaller. Ironically the speedups won’t work for https traffic, which Google uses by default when delivering search results to users.