News hardware Google Chrome becomes less of a drain on your laptop’s battery
The Google Chrome browser could very soon be equipped with a feature to reduce the impact of multiple open tabs on the autonomy of laptops. Chromebooks are the first to be affected, but Windows machines and Android smartphones should follow.
If you use Chrome on a laptop, you probably already know this: the Google browser can be very greedy. And it’s even worse if you belong to this category of users who tend to open a lot, but then a lot of tabs. We don’t always know, but the tabs in question tend to consume system resources even when not displayed.
Chrome wants to reduce tab greed
To allow Chrome users to save their laptop battery without changing their usage habits, Google has a solution: restrict how inactive tabs use machine resources. This proposal is currently being tested within Chrome OS, the Chrome-based operating system that powers Chromebooks, but it is also being developed to be integrated into the browser itself.
A truly energy-saving feature?
The project page, published on the platform Chrome Statusestimate that “This should extend battery life” of a laptop on which Chrome is used. The first tests carried out believe that this solution shows a 10% reduction in CPU usage when all tabs are hidden or silent.
A proposal also planned on Android
However, users who like to optimize the use of their machine’s battery as much as possible will no doubt be happy to learn that Google is trying to improve on this point. The feature is still under development and should eventually be offered both on computers, but also on Android. Users of a developer version of Chrome can already activate it via the chrome://flags menu.