Google Chrome can become less power-hungry, especially if you keep many tabs open in the background. A newly discovered feature in the Dev build will improve battery life on mobile devices and possibly even boost performance on older, low-performance PCs.
Google Chrome is certainly the most popular web browser in the world, but it also has a reputation of a system resource hoarder. That may soon change, as the company is testing a new feature that will improve battery life for Chrome users across all platforms who like to keep multiple tabs open.
About Chromebooks has spotted a new feature called “Quick intensive timer throttling of loaded background pages” in Chrome OS 105 (Dev channel). This feature changes the default five-minute grace period to 10 seconds, which purportedly increases CPU runtime by about 10%.
This improvement doesn’t mean you’ll get a 10% increase in battery life, since the processor only makes up for a fraction of the system’s total power consumption. However, it can make a noticeable difference depending on how many tabs you keep open and how inefficiently coded the websites you visit are.
The feature should be available in a few months for Chrome users on all platforms, including Windows, Chrome OS, Linux, MacOS, and Android. Other Chromium-based browsers, such as Microsoft Edge and Opera, may also decide to implement this change, especially given that Edge already has an efficiency mode that works in a similar way.