Google Chrome on Android to disable JavaScript automatically on 2G connections

Google Chrome on Android to disable JavaScript automatically on 2G connections

Google Chrome is a popular browser on all platforms, in fact, it’s the most popular on several of them. It comes built-into Android, which makes it even more widely-used. Google is always hard at work making sure that their browser is accessible to everyone with the latest improvements in efficiency and reliability. They have rolled out features like Data Saver and Brotli for users on the slower internet connections. Now, they are disabling JavaScript on 2G connections.

Back in October of 2017, Google added a NoScript flag in Chrome. Basically, this feature disables JavaScript on some pages to offer faster loading times and overall snappiness of the website. Now, Google has decided to turn this feature on by default in Chrome for Android. This will disable JavaScript plugins and scripts automatically on 2G connections and slower.

This is huge news for developing countries where mobile data packets may cost a lot and are not be affordable to all. Enabling NoScript by default will make sure that users don’t burn through their data without knowledge. The feature will probably be available in the Chrome 69, which will also come with the new Material Design refresh.


Source: Chromium Gerrit

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