Chrome was very simple and lite when it first launched. Over the years, it added a lot of features and Chrome’s memory requirements also grew with it.
I’ve seen a lot of people requesting a “Lite Mode” for Chrome. To be honest, it is in my wishlist too.
I am not sure if this experimental feature that I spotted today is something that we can call “lite mode”, but this is the closest I’ve seen in Chrome.
The commit log says:
PROTOTYPE — DO NOT COMMIT
--enable-features=NeverSlowModeto support blocking large
scripts, turning off document.write(), clobbering sync XHR, enabling
client-hints pervasively, and blocking resources without
I could find the flag description from within the code:
“Enable Never-Slow Mode”;
“Enables an experimental
browsingmode that restricts resource loading and ” “ rutimeprocessing to deliver a consistently fast experience. WARNING: “
“may silently break content!”;
So, this feature does not cut down Chrome’s memory usage and make it lite, but it does that to the page that you are loading. If you open a web page with a lot of large scripts or other fancy stuff (my term of things that I don’t understand), Chrome will stop all that and try to load the page faster.
This of course is in the very early stages of development, if not testing. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for this feature when it is ready for us users to test.
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