Google Chrome is the most popular web browser in the world, on both mobile and desktop. Over the years, he has been criticized for using more memory than necessary and for being swollen in size and features, but he has also been praised for his speed and ease of use. Now, Google has announced that it is working on a new feature to improve browsing in the web browser, using bfcache (cache backwards).
Google notes that this feature will not help you when visiting new websites. That does not mean that it will not be useful, though. According to the company, going back represents 19% of pages viewed on Google Chrome for Android and 10% on Chrome for PC. With bfcache, this navigation will be "extremely fast", according to Google. It's certainly not an easy task to implement, notes the company.
Google notes that Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari have subtly implemented different technologies. However, Chrome chooses not to use WebKit's implementation of bfcache due to incompatibility with Chrome's multi-process architecture.
The wrong side? bfcache will not be available on Chrome soon. Google hopes to test bfcache in 2019 and integrate it into Chrome by 2020, according to Osmani.
Another constraint is that saving the status of web pages for possible future use consumes memory, which is already one of the major problems faced by Chrome. Mr. Osmani said that Google is still trying to determine the best rules for choosing which pages to keep when to delete them from memory. He also said that this feature could contribute to other situations, such as improving the performance of tabs to be paused when they are in the background, especially on mobile. Such a situation generally leads to memory savings, but also has a major disadvantage, because the pages must be reloaded after their return.
bfcache on Chrome looks promising, but it's still in its infancy. We hope to learn more in the coming months.
Source: GoogleVia: CNET
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