New Version Of Google Chrome Saves Your Laptop’s Memory And Power

New Version Of Google Chrome Saves Your Laptop’s Memory And Power
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Google has brought in some welcomed features in the newest version of Chrome to make the browser less memory and power intensive. Here’s the rundown.

Adding to Chrome’s ability to restore tabs when it is relaunched, the browser now restores tabs from most to least recently viewed. This means your most important tabs are loaded up faster and if your computer is running low on memory resources, Chrome will recognise this and cancel loading the tabs that are the least important. There is an option to restore them later if you want to.

Another memory-saving feature Chrome now has is that it’s able to detect when a webpage isn’t busy and will use the free time to clean up old and unused memory. According to Google, this is capable of bringing down website memory usage by 10 per cent and works best on complex web apps.

As for power saving functionality, a new setting that automatically stops Flash content which was first introduced in June will now be a default feature for all users. Google has tested this function and said it can make laptop batteries up to 15 per cent longer, depending on the operating system.

You can download the new version of Chrome here.

[Via Google Chrome Blog]


  • Tell me when it uses hardware accelerated VP9, and when not available forces YouTube to revert to the h.265 version. Lots of people claiming they get 1/4 the battery they should when viewing YouTube on chrome.

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