Google is answering Chrome users’ prayers with plans to reduce the program’s RAM and CPU usage, in a bid to improve battery life.
In a Chromium blog post published on Tuesday, Google says it’s focused on prolonging battery life and improving the overall user experience – and it has a plan.
“Starting in version 57, Chrome will throttle individual background tabs by limiting the timer fire rate for background tabs using excessive power,” it says. “Chrome 57 will delay timers to limit average CPU load to 1% of a core if an application uses too much CPU in background.”
It adds that this new policy won’t affect real-time connections, like audio playback, running in the background, focusing only on latent and inactive tabs that are consuming excessive resources.
The company claims that this new technique leads to a 25% reduction in busy background tabs, paving the way for a future where background tabs can be fully suspended and maintained only by Google’s own APIs.
Google Chrome is notorious for being resource-heavy, with online communities often branding it a ‘RAM-eater’ and battery-depleter.
This reputation is perhaps one of the biggest reasons many browser users opt for more efficient options, like Firefox and Edge, despite Chrome’s array of features.