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Google Chrome to Feature Built-In Image Lazy Loading

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Future versions of Google Chrome will feature built-in support for lazy loading, a mechanism to defer the loading of images and iframes if they are not visible on the user's screen at load time.

This system will first ship with Chrome for Android and Google doesn't rule out adding it to desktop versions if tests go as planned.

The feature is called Blink LazyLoad, and as the name hints, it will implement the principle of "lazy loading" inside Chrome itself.

How lazy loading has helped improve page loading speed

By default, all browsers will load the entire web page when the user is accessing an URL. If the page is large, it takes more time to load, and 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 site.

These scripts work by loading only images seen at the top of the site, in the...(continued)

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