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Experimental Android feature might make your carrier’s data throttling less annoying

Experimental Android Features Data Throttling

Ever go over your monthly data cap and have your connection speed throttled down to 2G levels? If so then you may be interested in some experimental new technology Google is working on that’s designed to take some of the pain out of being stuck on a slow connection speed.

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Via AndroidAuthority, Google late last week started rolling out an experimental new feature that automatically detects whenever your Android phone has a slow connection and then delivers stripped down versions of websites you’re visiting.

While this obviously isn’t ideal since you won’t be getting a lot of images and videos on the mobile websites you’re looking at, it will load those websites an estimated four times faster than they would have loaded before Google stripped them down to their essentials. Google also says that users who have this feature will use 80% less mobile data than before. You also have the option to load the full original page if you want so you won’t be stuck seeing nothing but bare-bones websites.

Google started rolling out the feature in Indonesia over the weekend, though we imagine T-Mobile and Sprint customers who regularly go over their monthly data caps will be interested in this as well.

Read more about this experimental new feature by clicking here.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.