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Is Chrome Mobile Data Saver Really Useful Again?

Chrome mobile data saver is a feature that helps user saves reduce their data consumption when using Chrome browser on his/her smartphone. My data usage statistics shows that the saving system doesn’t really make any significant difference from the regular mode

Data compression on mobile browsers did not start today. It has been around since the arrival of Opera Mini way back in August 2005.

With Opera Mini, the data compression is very much significant and sometimes gets you up to 90% savings. However, you have to sacrifice some modern web scripts and features due to severe compression. This resulted to web pages malfunctioning because of the way they were designed to display.

UC browser is another mobile web browser whose exclusive selling point is data compression, has followed same approach as that of Opera Mini’s.

Is Chrome Mobile Data Saver Approach Different From Others?

Yes. Chrome browser’s approach is not the same, being much less concentrated. Google certainly do not to pushout modern functionality out of the web pages processed by its servers.

The compromise is that not much data is saved. On my experience, what I have as the average savings from Chrome mobile data saver is a worthless 9%.

In the last one month, it has saved only 53.27MB out of a total of 256MB data used in browsing. This simply means it’s worthless.

How much faster, really, is web browsing with that minuscule level of data savings? How much money is anyone saving with that?

Maybe the impact on browsing speed and cost saving will be more significant were data savings go as high as 50%. That would make sense to me and to a lot more people. And there was a period users were getting that level of savings from Chrome mobile data saver.

So, what could have cause this change?

HTTPS Is What Has Changed

One of the vital stuffs about Data Saver is that it does not process/compress HTTPS pages. In the last few years, thanks largely to Google’s own campaign for HTTPS implementation on websites, most websites now use that. This means that Data Saver no longer compresses those web pages.

With only about 9% data being saved on my usage, I no longer find Data Saver worth using. I might as well just browse without the help from Google’s web servers.

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