Google Chrome is by far the most harnessed internet client in the world on both mobile and desktops.
The software is regularly updated by Google, meaning new features and improvements are consistently introduced.
The latest upgrade for Chrome appears intent on making navigating forward and backwards on the browser faster than ever before.
In a post on Google’s developers blog, Addy Osmani, an engineering manager on the tech giant’s Chrome team, insisted a new system dubbed “back/forward cache” (bfcache) could make performing such functions “very fast”.
Essentially, the new tool will preserve the state of a page a user has already navigated to.
This means, when either the forward or back button is pressed, navigation should be much faster.
Google has declared 19 percent of pages viewed in Chrome for Android are from users pressing the back button.
Additionally, it stated 10 percent of pages viewed on desktop derive from the same source.
“This is definitely not a trivial endeavour but if it succeeds it will make navigating back and forth very fast.
“Think of it as pausing a page when you leave it and playing it when you return.
“We estimate this change could improve performance up to 19 percent of all navigations for mobile Chrome.”
Osmani insisted Google is changing “Chrome’s architecture” to ensure privacy issues do not occur as a result of pages being preserved in the background.
Moreover, it was also clarified Google is exploring ways to ensure the memory taken up by Chrome does not drastically increase if it is storing more pages in the background.
In his post discussing the planned changes, Osmani attached videos of bfcache running against a version of Chrome without the feature to demonstrate the difference in performance.
The models of Chrome with bfcache were shown to instantly load pages when the user pressed forward or backward keys.
Bfcache was shown running for Chrome on mobile and desktops.
Google has stated it plans to test the new feature this year and add it to Chrome next year.
However, no confirmed release date for the new function has yet been announced.