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Awesome: Google Chrome gets updated and gets 23% faster

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Google Chrome, which is built on Chromium, is getting another speed boost that Google hopes will help its browser run faster all the time on platforms like Windows 10. The change is available with Chrome 91, the latest browser update, and is being rolled out to Windows 10 and macOS users in the coming days.

As you may know, JavaScript runtime is important to the overall performance of any web browser. Google is trying to make the JavaScript engine faster with a new Sparkplug compiler and the change is available in Chrome 91.

After the update, Chrome will be up to 23% faster, according to Google itself. This new compiler is designed to bridge the gap between running and optimizing JavaScript code for maximum performance.

In addition to the new compiler, Google is also using “built-in calls” to optimize processes where the browser uses generated code to reduce jumps when calling functions.

Awesome Google Chrome gets updated and gets 23 faster

More performance improvements promised

Google has confirmed that it is working on several changes to improve Chrome’s overall performance.

For example, Google plans to introduce support for “back-forward caching” on Windows 10, macOS, Linux and other platforms with Chrome 92. As the name suggests, this experimental feature allows instant page loading when users navigate between tabs. open using “back” or “forward”.

It only works when a page has been visited before and the session is in the browser’s cache. In one of the documents, Google explained that back-forward caching should improve user experience and overall performance by keeping previously visited pages alive after the user leaves them using the browser’s back/forward buttons.

“The cache pages are frozen and don’t run JavaScript,” Google said.

Interested users can now test back/forward caching by enabling the experimental flags. For the general release, a precise release date has not yet been revealed, but Google is currently planning to test the feature with a select group of users running Chrome 92 or later.

Instead of the Origin Trials launch method, Google is planning to follow a phased launch approach, meaning some users will get the feature sooner than others.

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