Google has just announced an update — Chrome 57 — for its Chrome browser that should improve the battery life and performance for desktop users by just throttling individual background tabs.
Google Chrome is the world’s most popular web browser, but anyone uses it heavily on a laptop knows that with a lot of tabs open in background, your battery life—as well as your computer’s performance—can come to a grinding halt. Web pages contain so much data—and complex apps themselves—that they suck power and CPU time, when not actively used. Sure, there are workarounds, but it’d be much better for everyone if Google Chrome could just handle background processes and tabs more efficiently
In the latest 57 release, Chrome will now throttle background tabs using excessive power. While the Chrome has been throttling background tabs for the years, the latest update will throttle tabs to limit the average CPU load to 1%. Tabs that play audio or use real-time connections won’t be affected by the changes. Google is not revealing exactly how much battery life will be saved through this new method, but the company claims that the throttling will lead to 25 percent fewer busy background tabs.
The company is just rolling out background throttling gradually to give developers time to make adjustments since it can break website features that rely on working in the background.
Google promises to ‘continue take steps in this direction to prolong users’ battery life’ in future Chrome releases, so we might be heading to an era where Chrome is no longer the battery hog it once was.