Chrome 57 Promises Less CPU And Battery Drain
There’s a browser war heating up between Microsoft, Google, and Opera recently. Microsoft claims their Edge browser is the most optimized browser, which leads to less CPU and battery drain. Opera also claims their browser has some of the most efficient use of their low power mode, plus it comes with a built in ad-blocker. Chrome 57 is the answer to all of the problems the Chrome browser has been facing. While we won’t see huge improvements to rival Edge or Opera, but we’ll have a more friendly browser.
Chrome 57 will save your laptop’s battery
The update, Chrome 57, will limit background CPU usage to use only 1% of the CPU. While this seems small, many apps want to abuse the CPU with a higher percentage of the CPU. This small change has resulted in 25% less busy background tabs, which leads to less battery drain. There will be cases apps can “abuse” CPU still, like tabs with audio on or tabs using WebRTC or other communications via WebSockets.
Google is working to make Chrome more laptop friendly, especially as the other browsers attack Google on the front. It’s unclear how much this small change will affect battery life, a 25% change is a significant jump. I’ve been using Chrome for years now, and have tried to switch, but I’m always drawn back for some reason.