Chrome just got its newest android version update – The Chrome 103, at record speeds. Hardly a month has passed since its predecessor Chrome 102 was released. The newer version has many significant changes, especially tweaks aimed at improving the page loading time. Let us see what has changed in Chrome 103.
HTTP 103 Status ‘Hints’ for Faster Loading Time via Link Prefetching
To put it simply, the newly supported HTTP 103 Status Code hints your Chrome web browser to preload certain resources it might need, well beforehand, thereby saving precious loading time. This definitely gives you a significant speed boost and overall a smoother browsing experience.
Local Font Access
Websites asking you to manually import fonts in order to use them is frustrating and is definitely a thing of the past. With this update, Chrome can automatically load and use the local fonts stored on your device, for any website.
Fewer Notifications powered by Machine Learning
The Chrome 103 update enhances the capabilities of your browser to automatically detect malicious websites and block their notification attempts. Here machine learning is used to predict when you are not interested in subscribing to a site’s notifications and block it in advance. Hopefully, we receive less of those annoying notifications.
Switch Off the Discover Feed in New Tabs (Beta)
Whenever you open a new tab in the Chrome Android browser, you will get a Discover feed at the bottom half of the page. For those of you who are not interested in this, you can quickly disable this by going to chrome://flags#feed-ablation and enabling the flag. Doing so will make your tabs simpler and cleaner to use.
Android’s Password Manager Replaces the Built-in Password Manager
On the Android version of the Chrome 103 browser, the device-wide password manager will replace the built-in password manager. But, this doesn’t significantly change the end-user experience. This just means that you will have a UI similar to that of the web version.