The latest Chrome (Beta) for Android (v26.0.1410.26) has a new feature which could be useful for those with limited data plans on their smartphones. I tested it out browsing EduGeek for a few minutes and managed get bandwidth savings of 32.3%.

Source: Google (via Android Police)

The recent Chrome Beta for Android update was notable for including password and form sync, but it turns out there is another feature lurking beneath the surface, and it's potentially a big deal. Google has built in a data compression proxy for Chrome that can reduce bandwidth usage by up to 50% on mobile networks. You'll have to do a little digging through the Chrome flags, but it's relatively easy to switch to the fast lane.

Just type chrome://flags into the address bar and enable the Experimental Data Compression Proxy. When that's done, all HTTP traffic will be routed through Google's SPDY servers where pages will be optimized for Chrome. Images account for most of the data downloaded, so Google will use the WebP format to shrink JPEGs and PNGs. JavaScript and CSS will also be streamlined, but Google claims the process is "intelligent" and shouldn't completely break websites. All resources will be gzip compressed when they reach the device for additional bandwidth savings, as well.

This feature is reminiscent of Opera's Turbo mode, or the Kindle Fire's Silk browser. As carriers continue to impose restrictive caps, this feature could get a lot of use.
Faster, safer, and cheaper mobile web browsing with data compression in Chrome for Android
The latest Chrome Beta for Android includes an experimental feature to reduce cellular data usage and speed up mobile web browsing, using proxy servers hosted at Google to optimize website content.

In our internal testing, this feature has been shown to reduce data usage by 50% and speed up page load times on cellular networks! To enable it, visit chrome://flags in your browser and select “Enable Data Compression Proxy” – easy as that.