March 26, 2015

Google’s New ‘Data Saver’ Extension for Chrome

A new 'Data Saver' extension by Google is now available to install from the Chrome Web Store.

The add-on, news of which leaked late last year, uses Google servers to compress websites users visit before they're loaded in Chrome to help save on bandwidth.

Google say the add-on is still in beta and won’t pipe secure (SSL) or incognito pages using the compression technology.

Data Saver for Chrome works simply: you install it and it goes about its compression business in the background as you surf.

Clicking the toolbar button it adds to Chrome will open a pop-over housing stats on how much data you have saved so far, complete with fancy graph. You’ll also find a quick ‘off’ switch for the times you may need it (see below for more on that).

The precise amount of data that is saved will vary from page to page, website to website, so don’t expect the graph to explode with high numbers and huge peaks all the time.

The reduced resulting page may not always look great either, so if you notice fuzzy images, trouble loading certain pages or find location detection features are way-off base, you’ll know what to disable!

You can head on over to the Data Saver Google help page for further details on how the add-on and the technology behind it works. You can also install the extension itself from the Chrome Web Store right now via the link below.

[Source: OMG! Chrome!]