YouTube run slower in competing browsers
YouTube run slower in competing browsers

Google has introduced major changes to YouTube that have brought a lot of improvements to the platform, however, due to the new Polymer redesign on YouTube, this has hurt web browsers that are not Google Chrome, making YouTube run slower.

The new technology of Polymer implemented by Google on YouTube, has improved performance in Google Chrome, since this browser is the only one that has this technology. Chris Peterson of Mozilla, has posted on Twitter that this technology that is only available in Google Chrome, makes other web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge work much worse, in fact, has come to claim that these browsers deliberately slow down, making that the browsers of the competition are much slower.

Chris has verified that the loading of the YouTube page is 5 times slower in Mozilla Firefox and in Microsoft Edge than in Google Chrome. This is because the YouTube Polymer redesign is based on the “deprecated” Shadow DOM API that was only implemented in Google Chrome.

If you use IE11 it will work well, because it navigates with the “old” YouTube

A good example that this action is deliberate to harm the browsers of the competition, is that if you use IE11 it will work well, because YouTube detects the browser and automatically shows the old web. Google could have done exactly the same with Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge, the current competitors of Google Chrome. Due to this problem, if you use these browsers when browsing YouTube, you will notice that it works slower than normal. Chris has commented that there is no easy way to fix this, unless you resort to third-party add-ons to “ask” for the old version of YouTube, and mitigate the problem.

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Google Chrome is still the most used web browser

Currently, Google Chrome is the most widely used desktop browser, with a market share of over 60%. Microsoft Edge is almost in the queue of browsers, with just over 4% market share. Google has not commented anything about these problems with competing browsers and YouTube, and it seems unlikely that it will.

Today Google has launched the new version of Google Chrome 68, now all the HTTP sites will mark them as unsafe, pressing the websites to migrate to HTTPS to provide security and privacy point to point. In RedesZone we talked about the Google Chrome news in detail here:

Finally, in the next version Google Chrome 69, HTTPS pages will not be marked in any way, since Google believes that this should become something “standard” on the web.

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