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Qualcomm is working to get mobile web pages to load faster

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Mobile web browsing can be slow and frustrating to users. It seems like there’s nothing that can be done about it, given the overburdened mobile networks of carriers that are facing increasing data usage.

But Sayeed Choudhury, director of product management and web technologies at Qualcomm, says it’s possible to optimize web browsers to take advantage of hardware such as Qualcomm’s mobile Snapdragon processors to deliver a better web experience. We spoke with him at VentureBeat’s recent Mobile Summit event in Sausalito, where he was a speaker.

By optimizing the software and hardware together, Choudhury says that it’s possible to make a page load faster and make it more navigable once it has loaded. Getting mobile video to play right is also important, while not consuming all of a smartphone’s battery power. That means Qualcomm works on making everything more efficient, from Javascript to rendering. This work has been happening for a couple of years, and now Javascript can run five times faster than it once did on Google’s platforms such as the Android mobile operating system and the Chrome web browser. The result is “snappier and glassy smooth” web browsing.

Check out Choudhury’s perspective on what can be done to speed up the mobile internet in the video below.


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