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Chrome Improves Page Reload, Makes it Faster and Leaner

Updates to Google Docs and Sheets apps on Android and iOS devices bring several new and useful features:

  • On your Android phone or tablet, you can now:
  • Insert and edit headers and footers in Docs
  • Drag and drop text in Docs
  • Resize, move, and rotate images in Docs, as well as change their text wrapping and border styles
  • On your iPhone or iPad, you can now:
  • Insert headers and footers in Docs
  • Insert page numbers in headers and footers in Docs
  • Change a page’s size, orientation, and color in Docs
  • Insert and edit solid, dashed, and dotted borders in Sheets

Download the latest versions of these apps from Google Play, App Store.

Google Docs and Sheets Android app Image Manipulation
Gooogle Docs and Sheets iOS appPage Setup

Reload, a staple feature of web browsers that involves of checking with the web server for cached resources validation when reloading a page, typically results in hundreds of network requests per page issued to dozens of domains.

On mobile devices, since this behavior can produce serious performance issues—now in the latest Chrome, a simplified page reload behavior in Chrome “now only validate the main resource and continue with a regular page load, that maximizes the reuse of cached resources and results in lower latency, power consumption, and data usage,” Google explained.

Furthermore, Google notes, this change was requested by Facebook who had eariler reported to Google of about “Chromes’ sending three times higher validation requests of other browsers.” Now, reports, “28% faster page reloads and 60% less validation requests from Chrome.”

Update 02/01: After years of careful refactoring separately of the code for Chrome for iOS from the rest of the Chromium project, “all of this code is rejoining Chromium and being moved into the open-source repository.”

With this release, developers can now compile the iOS version of Chromium like they can for other versions of Chromium.

“Due to constraints of the iOS platform, all browsers must be built on top of the WebKit rendering engine. For Chromium, this means supporting both WebKit as well as Blink, Chrome’s rendering engine for other platforms. That created some extra complexities which we wanted to avoid placing in the Chromium code base,” Google stated.

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