Chrome for Android has come a long way in a short period of time, but Google’s planning on making it even better by the end of this year. Over on the Blink Google Group, engineer Eric Seidel has shed some light on Google’s goals for the browser in 2014.
The overarching goals won’t come as a shock. By the end of this year, Chrome for Android should be faster, more responsive, and more efficient than ever.
Google’s already done plenty of work on those areas. Data compression arrived in 2013 to help us save bandwidth and make sluggish connections feel speedier. Most recently, they figured out how to reduce input lag on touch-friendly mobile websites. This year, the focus will be on fine tuning the Blink rendering engine.
Seidel wants Blink to be as efficient as possible on Android, both in terms of power consumption and memory use. He also wants to make sure that it gives Chrome the edge on other mobile browsers, challenging his team to grab the #1 rank on “credible [and] realistic benchmarks.”
Benchmarks are always a bone of contention, of course. Folks like Google and Microsoft tend to disagree as to what counts as realistic, but the aim here is clear enough: make Chrome so fast and efficient that it’s obviously the top mobile browser.
And while Google is in the driver’s seat when it comes to Blink development and performance improvements, Seidel notes that greater gains will be made if others get involved. He wants to make it easier for web developers to build fast, awesome, Blink-friendly websites. He’s also looking to the open source community for additional help. More contributors to Chromium and Blink should mean more potential improvements.