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Google Chrome update focuses on battery life and memory use

Chrome is one of the world’s most popular web-browsers available to customers today. It’s fast, customizable, offers a ton of free extensions, and is also a greedy, greedy piglet when it comes to system resources.

While Chrome might be one of the fastest options you can find in a web-browser, it can also be one of the least efficient when put to the strenuous task of utilizing all of its options. Luckily, a new Google Chrome will be adding a few new features through the update, one that focuses on the two biggest complaints that customers have about the browser.

In a recent post on the official Chrome Blog, Googles stated, “Chrome’s performance—how fast pages load, how smooth scrolling is, how much memory is consumed, and how long your battery lasts—becomes even more important. So in the latest release of Chrome we’ve included a ton of improvements to make your browsing use less memory and power.”

Many of the new improvements work with how Tabs are rendered and restored. Google stated that 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.” If you are a tab-hound don’t worry, “You can always click to restore them if you’d like to access them later,” explained Google.

The other memory-saving improvement focuses on pausing background tabs, an option that’s been available via an extension for some time bow. “Chrome can now detect when a webpage isn’t busy with some other task, and use the free time to aggressively clean up old, unused memory. In practice we found that this reduced website memory usage by 10% on average, but the effect is even more dramatic on complex web apps,” said Google. An even more dramatic savings was measured with Google apps like Gmail, the company stated that the new update “can free up nearly a quarter of the memory used by the tab.”

As for the battery-life of your laptop or smartphone, that may improve as well if you are a power-Chrome user. “A new setting introduced in June will auto-pause Flash content that’s not central to a website.” This is something that Apple introduced into Safari with its latest update.

“Our testing has shown that turning on this setting makes your battery last up to 15% longer depending on your operating system,” explained Google. The company added, “So over the next few weeks we’ll begin turning on this feature by default for all users. ”