Google Chrome’s Data Saver is now “Lite mode,” desktop extension will be deprecated
Google has been making several additions in Android and Google apps in the favor of users in countries plagued with poor network speeds or connectivity and the Data Saver mode in Google Chrome is one of them. The Data Saver mode allows up to two-times faster downloading of webpages by loading media in lower resolutions and hence, saving up to 60% of the data. Now, as Google is beginning to roll out version 74 of the Chrome browser on multiple platforms today, the Data Saver mode is being improved as well as renamed as “Lite Mode”.
With Google Chrome’s new Lite Mode on Android devices, webpages will load significantly faster and use lesser RAM. Just like earlier, the Lite Mode will compress pages on Google’s servers before loading them on your device to reduce data consumption. In case the first image or text on the webpage does not start loading in five seconds, Chrome will automatically switch to the Lite version of a webpage.
Google assures that the compression is done per URL and leaves out any users data such as personalized content, login information, or cookies. For the same reason, the Lite Mode might not work very effectively in the case of Incognito sessions, while browsing a local network like an internal company website, or in case of data throttling by your carrier.
You can enable the Lite Mode in Google Chrome by going to the Advanced section of Settings. If you’ve been using the Data Saver previously, Lite Mode will be enabled by default.
At the same time, the Data Saver extension for Chrome on desktop (both Mac and Windows) will be “deprecated” with the build 74. What this is likely to mean is that the extension might no longer help you save data on the desktop versions. Even though the extension can still be downloaded and installed, it may not work as intended on the desktop versions of Chrome. However, we’re yet to learn more about the implications of this deprecation, to understand why Google didn’t choose a simpler word to define its intentions.
Source: Chromium Blog