Google’s Chrome browser has always been a notorious RAM hog. There are countless benefits to reducing resource costs, and Google’s engineers claim to have reduced the overall footprint of the browser. This can be very useful for the company’s Chromebook. In a new blog post, the company discusses a bizarre strategy it is testing in Chrome to reduce CPU activity for improved battery life. Although the blog discusses its behavior on Chromebooks, it is expected to be available to any Chrome user if it is successful in the long run.
The document further states that it has so far tested positive. “It is expected to extend battery life. A test in the Canary and Dave channels revealed no regression in our guiding metrics and a significant improvement (~ 10%) in CPU time when all tabs are hidden and silent. “A 10 percent reduction in overall CPU time is the same as a 10 percent improvement in battery life. Not a thing – any lifetime improvement would be a fraction of that amount.