At the Google I/O 2015, Google's VP of Engineering, Jen Fitzpatrick announced that Google is testing Network Quality Estimator for Chrome, especially for countries like India that has slow internet connection in most areas.
For instance, Fitzpatrick demoed the mobile site of Times of India, wherein Google had replaced the images on the homepage with placeholders in lower connections, but kept the most important ones like navigations and logos. Users however will have an option to load these images if they want.
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Fitzpatrick stated that this would ensure the web page is both usable and fast to consumers. However, she didn't share any specific timeline on when Google is rolling out this pilot in the country.
Google is also working on bringing offline capabilities to Chrome for Android, that will apparently allow users to save any page they visit, be it a news article, bus schedule or food recipe for later offline access.
Google is also introducing offline support to its mapping service Google Maps later this year. This will enable users to search for places and view place reviews offline.
What's however more noteworthy is that users will be able to access turn by turn voice navigation for without any data connection for routes saved offline.
Apart from this, Fitzpatrick said Google is implementing several features across its product suite to adapt them to slow mobile Internet connections in emerging markets.
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This is essential for Google as it looks to reach out to the next billion Internet users in India and other emerging markets who might not have access to decent Internet connections, given the terrible network quality in remote areas.
Google is also now beginning to optimize web pages, starting from Indonesia. Google claimed these pages loaded four times as fast, and used 80% less data.