Newest Chrome Beta Eliminates Artificial 300 Msec Click Delay on Mobile Sites
There are many things in our mobile devices that are mildly and unintentionally annoying. Many of these are so subtle that we don’t even realize that they’re a problem—until there’s a solution. One such nuisance is the artificial 300 msec click delay when browsing websites on practically all mobile browsers.
You may have noticed that when browsing, there is a noticeable delay between when you click on something and when something actually happens. This click delay was put in place to allow for double tap-to-zoom. But in certain circumstances, such as mobile websites that do not allow for zooming or when the viewport is set to width=device-width, this artificial delay has overstayed its welcome.
While the delay may not be the biggest annoyance in your daily life, it does make for a reduced user experience that is immediately noticeable when comparing to a browser without it. Case in point, the latest Chrome Beta for Android. As of version 32, which is currently available in beta form through the Google Play Store, this artificial delay is now gone on websites that do not allow zooming. The results are pretty dramatic, as can be seen in this video:
Obviously, this change only affects websites that don’t allow zooming, something most commonly seen in mobile optimized sites. That said, it has quite a bit of potential to make your browsing experience a bit smoother.
Make your way over to the Google Play Store to make sure you’ve got the latest version of Chrome beta installed. Once you give it a shot, be sure to share your experiences with the latest beta.