Google’s Chrome browser has always been a notorious RAM hog. Reducing resource consumption has a myriad of benefits, and Google’s engineers are claiming to have reduced the browser’s overall footprint. This could be very beneficial for the company’s Chromebooks. In a new blog post, the company discusses one weird trick it’s experimenting with in Chrome to reduce CPU activity for improved battery life. Though the blog discusses its behavior on Chromebooks, one would expect it to be available to any Chrome user if it’s successful long-term.
The document also says that so far it’s seen positive results in its testing. “This is expected to extend battery life. An experiment on the Canary and Dev channels did not reveal any regression to our guiding metrics and there are significant improvement (~10%) to CPU time when all tabs are hidden and silent.” A 10 percent reduction in overall CPU time is not the same thing as a 10 percent improvement in battery life — any lifespan improvements will be a fraction of this amount.