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Google Chrome becomes less of a drain on your laptop’s battery

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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.

Named “Quick intensive timer throttling of loaded background pages”which can be translated as “Fast and intensive limiting of pages loaded in the background”, this feature reduces the consumption of JavaScript code for tabs that are not used. Currently, Chrome limits this consumption after 5 minutes of inactivity, but this option allows it to be activated after only 10 seconds.

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.

However, it is not really possible to quantify the effectiveness that such a solution can have on the battery life, since many parameters come into play. It depends in particular on the number of open tabs, but also of their content, more or less consumer. Besides, Chrome is not a particularly lightweight browser, and we are entitled to think that the question of the JavaScript code contained in the tabs is not what solicits the most battery of the PC.

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.



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