Starting in a few weeks, Google will be switching web rendering engines from SPDY to HTTP/2. With this switch, Google says that this will result in faster web browsing.
For those unfamiliar with these protocols, they are for networking on the Internet. The current protocol for HTTP browsing is HTTP 1.1. Google was the primary developer behind the competing SPDY standard, but it seems they are abandoning it for the standard the industry is choosing, HTTP/2. Google has stated the following on their blog:
“HTTP/2’s primary changes from HTTP/1.1 focus on improved performance. Some key features such as multiplexing, header compression, prioritization and protocol negotiation evolved from work done in an earlier open, but non-standard protocol named SPDY. Chrome has supported SPDY since Chrome 6, but since most of the benefits are present in HTTP/2, it’s time to say goodbye. We plan to remove support for SPDY in early 2016, and to also remove support for the TLS extension named NPN in favor of ALPN in Chrome at the same time. Server developers are strongly encouraged to move to HTTP/2 and ALPN.”
So as the new standard will result in faster web browsing, which all the Chrome users should appreciate.