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Google Chrome will feature support for lazy loading

Google Chrome’s future versions will have a feature that will certainly be well received by users: built-in support for lazy loading. It is a mechanism that stops a webpage from fully loading images and iframes if they are not visible on the user’s screen when opening the webpage. This feature is called Blink LazyLoad.

Google Chrome’s lazy loading

At first, the lazy loading feature will be available on Google Chrome for Android. However, the company does not rule out adding it to the desktop version in the future.

All browsers will load an entire webpage by default when we open it. It does not matter if we are connected to a 4G network at full speed or inside a restaurant where the network coverage is virtually nonexistent. If the webpage is large, it will obviously take longer to load. As a side-effect of this longer page load time, the site may be downranked in Google search results.

For the past decade, website developers have implemented image lazy loading with the help of third-party JavaScript libraries loaded on their sites.

These scripts work by loading only the images that are seen at the top of the site, in the visible section. The lazy loading scripts will delay loading images shown below the visible section and only load them if the user scrolls down and the photos enter the user’s visible area. Read more

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