Chrome gets safer, better, faster, stronger and a new hp chromebook

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 21, 2016 09:53 IST
Brotli, the new compression engine promises 26% more compression than what Chrome is currently capable of (Pixabay)

Chrome is the preferred browser hands-down. One of the factors contributing to its dominance is the compression engine Zopfl — responsible for quick loading of pages and low data usage. Chrome is ditching Zopfli though, in favour of Brotli. And the reasons are justified. Brotli is a much better soldier when it comes to compression and promises 26% more compression than what Chrome is currently capable of. This means even if you’re on a slower network, the browsing will be faster and eat less into your data plan, whether you’re on a desktop or mobile. These two improvements have a ripple effect that even improves the battery life to a great extent.

This a major advancement considering that, Chrome browser has been criticised mainly for it’s battery draining flaws. But that’s not all is new in Chrome. The Chrome 48 update will also brings notifications. Like Chrome apps and sites could send notifications to your desktop, they will be able to do the same on your phones as well. Google has been tinkering with notifications from Chrome browser for a while and looks like it’ll finally be released int the wild with the recent update.

And as we all know, as Chrome gets better, so does Chrome OS, making the ‘Education Edition’ model of HP’s Chromebook 11 G4 even more exciting. The $199 chromebook is designed with the classroom in mind. HP says,“co-molded rubber edges help the device pass HP’s drop test (2.3 feet), while the spill-resistant keyboard keeps it safe from leaky lunchboxes.” The laptop promises to survive over nine hours of usage on a single charge. But these tricks aren’t everything HP offers at the aggressive price. You also get 4 GB of RAM paired with Intel Celeron N2840 and the usual 16GB of internal storage, 11.6-inch 1366×768 display, an USB 3.0 port, an USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, headphone and power connectors.

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