The Latest Version Of Google Chrome Is More Energy Efficient Than Previous Versions
Google Chrome is currently the world’s most popular web browser and for good reason. It’s fast, relatively stable, and offers plenty of extensions. Unfortunately, as laptop users can attest, it does tend to drain batteries at an alarming rate.
In September of last year, Google promised that the would begin work on the browser’s power consumption and performance issues. The latest edition of Chrome, version 57, finally brings some improvements on that front. In a blog post, Google said that they would begin throttling background pages. By doing so, this should minimize power drain from hidden processes the user doesn’t see. One-third of such power consumption happens in background tabs as seen on desktop. In version 57, Chrome will limit the timer fire rate for background tabs.
Google has had the ability to throttle backgrounds for several years now, but these recent changes are a bit different than previous ones. After a tab has been in the background for 10 seconds, the tab will be subject to limitations based on its CPU usage.
In total, Google has said that their tests show that this throttling will reduce busy background tabs by about 25 percent. However, not all tabs will take advantage of this feature. Tabs that play music or messaging apps such as Slack will be exempt from this new policy.
In the end, Google hopes to have background tabs fully suspended though this could cause problems for tabs that update in real time such as stock updates or live blogs.
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