As a result of the great weight that websites and websites have gained, they have become slower and slower, something that drives out most users. To make a radical change, a team of Mountain View developers prepares the new dynamics of Google.
Chrome, the big bet
This would be possible in Chrome, thanks to the implementation of a function called “bfcache” (back-forward cache). The system saves a web page when you navigate to another, if you go back to that page, Chrome will load it quickly, without having to build it from scratch. The same applies if you move forward.
To reach this functionality, the number one browser in the world, must overcome several challenges, including the privacy of users and the use of device memory during the process. For that reason, the company expects to add the “bfcaché” function during 2020 and not during this year.
All about the new dynamics of Google
The new dynamics of Google will not make you browse faster in new pages, but could improve up to 19% performance in mobile Chrome; significantly enhancing the user’s browsing experience.
It is worth remembering that this idea is not new at all, Safari and Firefox already use a similar cache system for years. Safari since 2002 and Firefox since 2005.
On the other hand, the Google team shared a document, explaining all the technical details of “bfcache”, for those who are interested in deepening the topic.
Reversing a “damage”
In another order of ideas, it was learned that Google restored the original operation of the F6 key in Chrome after disappearing, after the release of version 72 of the popular browser.
If you are a user of this navigation tool, you will have noticed a change in the way this key works. Said change made the F6 key less convenient to quickly access the address bar.
Before, with just pressing this key, the focus of the address bar changed completely. In this way, the user could write the address of the website that he wanted to access almost instantaneously.
However, after the change in version 72, pressing F6 the browser focused first the tab bar; having to press F6 again to locate in the address bar
Many users demanded that Google restore the original behavior of this key, and everything indicates that the search giant has accepted the suggestions. The most recent version of Canary is proof of that.
Although there is no certainty that the company will incorporate the change in the next stable version of the browser, version 74.0.3720.5 of Canary includes it; so the latest versions of Google Chrome should also restore the usual F6 function.
Also published on Medium.