You’re going to love the latest Google Chrome update – and so will your laptop battery


Google has announced the release of the latest update to Chrome, which promises to improve performance and make it less power hungry.

In recent months Google has been gradually tweaking Chrome to reduce the amount of demand it places on your computer’s battery.

The tech giant now says that the latest version of its web browser, Chrome 57, is more power efficient than ever and that it will help save battery power by throttling the amount of power use by background tabs.

Google says it will do this by “limiting the timer fire rate for background tabs using excessive power”.

From now on Chrome will check the background tabs you have open after 10 seconds to ensure they can be throttled, although Google did say that any tabs playing music or that are required to maintain a real time connection will not be throttled.

Google says that throttling the background tabs could boost battery performance by as much as 25 per cent.

“We’ve found that this throttling mechanism leads to 25% fewer busy background tabs,” Google software engineer Alexander Timin wrote in a blog post.

“Chrome will continue to take steps in this direction to prolong users’ battery life, while still enabling all the same experiences developers can build today.”

Chrome 57 has started rolling out to Chrome users or you can download it manually from the Chrome website.

The news comes after it was revealed that Chrome 57 on iOS includes a handy new Reading List feature that allows users to save articles and web pages to read later when they are offline.


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