Global tech giant Google is making concerted efforts to keep at the top and stay relevant by redesigning its Chrome browser for Android smartphones. The Chrome browser for Android will now be faster and leaner, also making it comfortable for one handed use, especially on devices with big screens. Recently Google, also announced bringing down the data usage in the app, apart from a few more optimisations in the app. One of the biggest problems, faced by users using phones with big screens is the double handed use, which makes it less efficient. Google said that it is testing a new Chrome browser update where the search bar will be at the bottom, allowing users to work on Chrome on their Android smartphones using one hand. Additionally, Google Chrome will now be relatively much faster, almost 15 percent, using Microsoft’s Profile Guided Optimisation (PGO), to make it faster for Windows.
Google in its blog wrote, “Chrome is a huge software project with more than a million functions in its source code. Not all functions are equal – some are called frequently, while others are rarely used. PGO uses data from runtime execution that track which functions are most common to guide optimisation.” According to reports, the Android update to put the search bar at the bottom is still in its testing phase and is incomplete as, at the top where it was earlier positioned, is still empty. Users can see the feature in making by enabling it in Chrome Dev and Canary by putting this – “chrome://flags/#enable-chrome-home” into Chrome. Then click on the highlighted select menu, and then click ‘Enabled’. Now restart Chrome.
However, Google is not the first one to think about this feature. Microsoft has had its Windows 10 Mobile’s Edge browser where the navigation bar is also placed at the bottom of the screen. Even Apple Safari has many browser controls at the bottom of the screen. And when it comes to the Windows feature, the PGO speeds up the startup time by almost 17 percent, new tab page load time by almost 15 percent, and overall page load time by 6 percent in Chrome browser. PGO optimises output files by taking data from test runs which represent how programs perform in a production environment.