Google’s latest Chrome Update Aims to Reduce Memory Usage and Improve Battery
Google has introduced a new version of Chrome, which according to the company, packs a ton of improvements to make your browsing more efficient and use less memory. Google claims that Chrome version 45 is customized to tackle more RAM usage, especially when using multiple tabs and various plugins.
To achieve that, the search giant is now taking a smarter approach regarding how tabs are restored when you relaunch Chrome. “Chrome has long had the option to “continue where you left off” by restoring tabs when you relaunch Chrome,” Google explains in a blog post.
“Now, Chrome is smarter about restoring your tabs more efficiently. Tabs are restored from most to least recently viewed, so you get to see the most important tabs faster. And Chrome will now detect if your computer is running low on resources and stop restoring the rest of your tabs to save you precious memory. You can always click to restore them if you’d like to access them later.”
Another memory-saving technique incorporated in Chrome 45 is the auto-detection when a webpage isn’t busy with some other task. As for what good this new feature would do, well, when Chrome detects that a webpage is inactive, it would use the opportune moment to aggressively clean up old, unused memory.
According to Google, this resulted in reducing website memory usage by 10% on average. The memory drop became even more pronounced with complex web apps, as for instance, it freed up nearly a quarter of the memory used by Gmail.
Moreover, Google recently introduced a new setting that auto-pauses Flash content that’s not related to a website. This supposedly helps boost the battery life of many devices up to 15% depending on your OS. So Google plans to turn on this feature by default for all users in the coming weeks.