Chrome 53, due for stable release in September, is going to see some big optimization work; there's up to 47% improvement across the board, mostly due to GPU raster, CSS and WebGL optimizations on OS X, resulting in percentages that are multiple times better than Chrome 51, the current stable release.
Every so often, we come across ways to improve our more well-trodden core progressive enhancement patterns. Sometimes, we'll utilize a new web standard to address problems we'd previously approached in a less-optimized manner, while other times we'll make adjustments to address browser-or-network conditions that could be handled in more fault-tolerant ways.
Who doesn’t love emoji? We, as developers, routinely look at large amounts of text—whether it’s code, production logs, commit messages, documentation, or whatever—and emoji inherently stand out in what is normally a wall of text.