Google will remove a feature from the Chrome mobile browser next month that has been helping to reduce the amount of data we download and load web pages faster for eight years.
In 2014, Google launched Data Saver, also known as Chrome Lite Mode, for Chrome on mobile devices. It worked by diverting web page data through a Google server before downloading it to your device. This way, each page can be simplified/optimized so that less data is needed for the page to load quickly.
Anyone under contract with limited data and high charges for exceeding that limit appreciated the Data Saver option. However, as The register reportseight years later and Google no longer thinks Data Saver is necessary.
In one support post Announcing the removal of the feature from Chrome on March 29, the release date of Chrome M100, a Chrome support manager explained the reason for the disappearance of Data Saver:
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“Over the past few years, we’ve seen mobile data costs decrease in many countries, and we’ve made many improvements to Chrome to further minimize data usage and improve web page loading. Although Lite mode removed, we remain committed to ensuring Chrome can deliver a fast web page loading experience on mobile.”
Either Google’s optimizations were enough for Data Saver to no longer make a difference, or the overhead of running the service outweighs the data savings currently being made, especially given the amount of additional data you need. benefit mobile users under their contracts compared to 2014.
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