Brave Browser (BAT) to Release SpeedReader to Boost User Experience
Brave Browser users are in for improved user experience and better reading functions. Announced by Brave Software, the project’s parent company, this SpeedReader is aimed at further enhancing the browser’s page performance, resulting in web pages that are far easier to read and navigate.
More importantly, this will help eliminate the usual complexities and distractions that are often commonly associated with pages across the web. The functionality will be released to the public in 2019. According to a tweet sent out by the company,
“SpeedReader is our new approach to reader mode, coming next year to the @brave browser. Beyond making pages more pleasant to read, it will have radical performance gains (speedups from 20× to 27×, bandwidth savings of 84×) plus significant privacy benefits”. Interested users can check out more about this on the brave website at https://brave.com/speed-reader/
The reader mode will be able to function in a way that allows it to pull the necessary information from a page before rendering. This is in direct contrast to regular browsers that typically prefetch all the website’s content, and then render the lighter parts.
As a result of this, only the website’s essential components are pulled first before anything else. Preliminary testing has indicated that this drastically increases page loading speed by 27x, and reduces data consumption by 84x.
The reading mode however, is only currently available to just fully readable websites, as it depends on its features to improve page performance. This means therefore, that there is a limit to the kinds of websites it can pull data from right now.
Details released by the company about this stated,
“SpeedReader is useful on 22% of pages in general, and with higher applicability for user-shared content, with 31% on Twitter and 42% on Reddit. Finally, 65% of content published through RSS feeds appears to be readable.”
So its key features essentially include:
- Increased performance
- Decent privacy benefits
- Data optimization by operating before page rendering
SpeedReader also does an awesome job of stripping sites of third party trackers and any privacy infringement elements. This way, you can surf any website without having them track or monitor your online activities.
When it eventually rolls out, users will find it very elegant, and useful in their daily activities. Even more, all privacy driven entities might start adopting the browser for its key online activities.