Just this month, the stable version of Google Chrome 56 started rolling out and with it comes quite a few new features that make the application much better than before.
Of course, the new features, led by a default turning on of HTML5 content, have been stealing the headlines ever since, but very few have noticed the changes that have been brought by the under-the-hood tweaks made to the new Google Chrome 56 browser.
According to the Chromium blog, the latest Google Chrome 56 comes with improved reloading times of up to 28% when compared to its predecessor. In order to reduce the reload time for websites, Chrome 56 now sends up to 60% fewer validation requests. In this way, the reloads are not only faster, but they also make the browser more power and network efficient.
Given Google’s increased focus on mobile-first development, users of the new Google Chrome 56 on mobile phones will see more drastic improvements as compared to those who use the browser on desktops. Still, this doesn’t mean that the latter will see zero changes or improvements.
As pointed out earlier, the new Google Chrome 56 also brings default support for HTML5 content, thus meaning that users will no longer see Adobe Flash Player content in their browsers. However, they should still be able to choose whether they want Flash content on their browsers. This change has been coming for some time now and when it started showing up in the beta version of Chrome 56 back in December 2016, there was no doubt that it will be here this January.
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