If you use Google Chrome as your PC or laptop’s primary browser, you’ll know by now that it can be resource hog that eats up too much battery. To get rid of these issues, Google wants to make something that can provide better battery life at the same time reducing the CPU load times. With the new release of Chrome browser’s latest version was especially designed to solve that issue by throttling background tabs using excessive power. And more are been detailed in he release notes and change-log section, which can be read by you just after this jump.
According to the Chromium blog, background tabs are responsible for one-third of Chrome’s power usage on computers, so keeping them in check will utterly minimize the browser’s impact.
The Chrome team says this new mechanism can lead to 25% fewer busy background tabs. Chrome’s Page visibility API checks tabs after 10 seconds in the background. Since their goal is fully suspend those tabs, though, their work is far from done. The new feature will leave tabs playing audio or maintaining WebSockets or WebRTC connections alone, since the API considers them to be in he foreground In result, however, it minimizes all the tabs the API considers to be in he background unless it’s absolutely necessary to run the at full capacity
Chrome 57 has been out for a few days now. Especially f you’re always on the go and would like to limit Chrome’s impact on your laptop, this new version 57 of Google Chrome will lead you to the necessity. At last count, Chrome’s global market share sat at 58.53% in February, up slightly from 57.94% in the prior month, according to data from market reasearch firm Net Applications.
Google’s Chrome web browser is by means the most popular desktop browser in the world by a substantial margin. The #2 browser in the world, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, and the Firefox inces downward to 11.68% in the #3 spot.
Chrome still has its fair share of issues despite its popularity, and a new update released a few days ago, addresses user’s biggest complaint. “Efficient power usage is an important aspect of speed, one of Chrome’s key pillars,” Google’s Alexander Timin wrote in the blog post:
“To prolong battery life, Chrome should minimize power impact from things users can’t see. This includes background tabs, which consume a third of Chrome’s power usage on desktop. Starting in version 57, Chrome will throttle individual background tabs by limiting the timer fire rate for background tabs using excessive power.”
Users of Chrome web browser can attest to, the software can be something of a resource hog when multiple tabs are open in the background. Of course, there are no desktop application that causes more PC fans to kick on around the world of Chrome. Now, Chrome 57 marks the start of more effective background tab throttling that puts better limits on resource utilization. Lke other browsers, Chrome has also limited timers in he background to only run once per second. Through the new throttling policy, Chrome 57 will delay timers to limit average CPU load to 1% of a core if an application uses too much CPU in background. Tabs playing music or maintaining any real-time connections like WebSockets or WebRTC won’t be affected, though.
You can download Chrome 57 browser anytime now. Chrome for iOS has been updated to version 57, bringing a new “Read Later” inclusion to the tabs. Tap on Share > Read Later on iOS devices. Articles can also be saved by simply tapping on the three dots in the upper-right corner and clicking on the Reading List option.
Google Chrome 57 for iOS is now available immediately on the iTunes App Store. Do remember to share your experiences.