Google is preparing to remove Lite navigation from Chrome for Android, arguing that such a feature is no longer needed.
Introduced many years ago, the Data Saver feature (later renamed Lite Mode) was particularly useful in situations where internet access was poor (e.g. 2G connection only) or for users who need use mobile Internet services with very little traffic included (eg roaming). Meanwhile, the cost of mobile internet services has plummeted around the world, with situations where you risk being overcharged for simply accessing websites becoming increasingly rare. In addition, the technology used by mobile operators has evolved enough that situations with only 2G or 3G coverage in relays whose bandwidth is saturated with too many connections are rather rare.
Used in Lite mode, the Chrome browser directs sites accessible through a proxy server provided by Google itself, which is responsible for applying a compression algorithm that significantly reduces the amount of data transferred to display the page in the web browser.
We can only assume that this technology has become so rarely used that no one will mourn its absence. Instead, freeing up unpopular features app code could help boost overall performance, as Google prepares to make the jump to Chrome 100 for a while.