Google Chrome is 20 per cent faster than it was a year ago, Google has revealed.
The new statistics were published by Google after it dropped its previous, outdated benchmark that encouraged Chrome's V8 developers to optimise for the websites that most people never visited.
The speed increases have been gradual, and were not included in a single version update, meaning some users may not have noticed the speed changes.
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Seth Thompson, V8 Track Commentator, published an official blog about the Chrome improvements.
In the post, he wrote: “Using insights from real-world measurements, the V8 team improved the speed of the average page load in Chrome by 10-20% over the course of the past year.”
“At the beginning of last year, the V8 team started to measure performance with higher fidelity by instrumenting snapshots of popular web pages such as Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, and Wikipedia,” he added.
“This analysis revealed that while peak performance benefits certain types of large web applications, browsing typical websites relies more on “startup” performance, or the speed it takes to start running script.
“Using insights gleaned from this real-world performance data, the V8 team implemented optimisations which improved mean page load between Chrome 49 and Chrome 56 by 10-20%, depending on CPU architecture.”
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Under the new real-world measurements, Google Chrome is 20 per cent faster
Dubbed Scroll Anchoring, the technology should prevent webpages skipping back to the top as you scroll farther down the page – an annoyance of progressive loading.
The technology was first made available to developers in an early build last year, but will now roll-out out more widely to users running Chrome 56 or newer.
Google posted in its blog, "This feature works by locking the scroll position on an on-screen element to keep our users in the same spot even as offscreen content continues to load."
So, even when the page finishes loading – users will not be sprung back to the top of the page.
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The technology company has encouraged software developers to check-out its new Exclusion API should they want to disable anchors on pages where they may be unwanted.
"Due to the expressiveness of the web, there might be some content for which scroll anchoring is either unwanted or misbehaving," it adds.
"To further minimize potential issues, scroll anchoring is disabled on complex interactive layouts via suppression triggers, and on back/forward navigations to allow for scroll restoration."