thanks to this new feature, some pages will open instantly

If Google Chrome is today the most popular browser in the world, it is in part thanks to its integration with the other services of the Mountain View firm. But it’s also because Google keeps making improvements.

Moreover, recently, Google accelerated the cycle of updates of Chrome. Whereas previously new releases would arrive every 6 weeks, today they arrive every 4 weeks.

And precisely, this week, Google is rolling out a new version: Chrome 96. As reported by the Android Central site, on computers, this new version brings something new that will greatly improve your browsing experience.

Called a “back-forward cache”, this new feature in Chrome will cause certain pages to open instantly. The operation of this novelty is quite simple to explain: in fact, Google Chrome will memorize in the cache the pages that you have already opened, so that they can open very quickly if you press the “previous” or “Move forward” of the browser.

While it was already available on Android, this feature is now also available on computers. Google had already been testing this novelty for several months.

Earlier this year, the firm explained how it works: “The back-to-front cache is a browser feature that improves the user experience by keeping a page active after the user leaves it and reuses it for session history navigation (back / forward buttons on the page). browser, history.back (), etc.) for instant browsing. “

Google had also indicated that these cached pages are frozen and do not use JavaScript. This means that there shouldn’t be any significant impact on the battery life of laptops.

PWA and dark mode improvement

The firm is also improving the experience on PWAs or Progressive Web Apps, web applications that behave like native applications. As Android Central explains, PWAs can now register as custom URL managers. What it means ? When you click on a web application link, it can open as an application, but no longer in the browser.

Finally, note also that Google is experimenting with a new feature to control dark mode. Currently, when you open a website that has light mode and dark mode, Chrome will open the version that matches your computer’s preferences (if your PC is in dark mode, the dark site will open). But if this experimental feature is active, a button will allow you to select the version (dark or light) of the site you want to open.

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