Chrome, comes a new feature to save battery

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Judit Llordes

When it comes to energy saving, Chrome does not enjoy a good reputation at all: it is known that the Google browser is among the apps that consume more resources of the CPU and memory and consequently cause excessive power consumption which negatively impacts battery life.

Those who have a laptop can easily notice this even on their own: as soon as you launch the Chrome app, if there are many tabs already open, the cooling fan starts running turn to the maximum. This because Chrome is taking a lot of effort from the processor and RAMwhich causes the laptop's internal temperature to rise instantly. Google is trying to solve this problem in two ways. The first is the one announced last month: putting a stop to the Javascript timers running in the background. The second is coming: a new tag to be used in the HTML code of websites to "recommend" the operating system to use the power saving mode. This tag should debut in testing with version 86 or 87, so at starting from October 2020.

Energy saving on Chrome: how the tag works

The new tag that will be possible use to activate energy saving on a specific website it will be and may contain various options aimed at reducing energy consumption. For example, you can set a reduced framerate for the screen, or a slowdown of the scripts. It will also be possible to use the CSS settings of the site to change the graphics and the interface of the site in an energy-saving version. Just like today you modify a site if you view it from mobile or desktop.

At Edge's Attack

If Google is trying to put a stop to the power consumption of Chrome it is in order not to lose market share, especially compared to Microsoft Edge which recently introduced some innovations aimed at saving energy. Microsoft claims that Edge consumes far less power than Chrome, despite being based on the same technical foundation (the Chromium open source project). Today Chrome has a browser market share of around 65%, but Edge is on the rise and could soon prove to be a credible alternative for more and more people. Also for those who want to make it last longer your laptop battery.

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