Google Chrome 45 brings better RAM management and should use less battery power
Google has launched a new version of its Chrome browser, which brings better RAM management and should use less battery power.
This new version comes just 3 days, after the Mountain View company added a new feature in Chrome, which automatically pauses Adobe Flash content in websites.
Google Chrome has been widely criticized for being a huge resource hog, and has been chewing up on the battery life, especially on Apple Macbooks. So the new fixes are not exactly surprising, as Google had recently improved the RAM management and battery consumption in Chrome for Mac. It is likely that the Chrome team may have used similar tweaks to improve the browser on Windows computers as well.
Google’s announcement page, claims that the most recent version of the browser includes “a ton of improvements to make your browsing use less memory and power.”
Google Chrome’s session manager now works better, and loads tabs in a reverse Chronological order, i.e., it will load the most recent tab first, the next recent one later, and so on. If Chrome detects that your computer is low on memory, it will not load the rest of the tabs. But you can click on the un-restored tabs, to load them.
Ok, I just have to say this. Google Chrome still does not have the basic option to load only one tab on startup. If I had a dozen tabs when the browser was closed, and I reopen the browser later, it will load all tabs at once, which causes a huge spike in the RAM consumption, slowing down my laptop. As far as I have researched, there isn’t a single extension for Chrome, which works like Firefox’s native “Don’t load tabs until selected” feature, although I prefer to use the much better Tab Mix Plus’ session manager, which offers the same feature, along with a plethora of other useful options.
I suppose the new improvements to Chrome to stop loading all tabs if the RAM is low, is a decent addition. Google Chrome now frees up the RAM from idle tabs, to help the computer run better, (This is not Tab Discarding, which is only available in Chrome 46 and above).
Chrome’s recently added setting to pause flash content can save up to 15% of battery, but this actually depends on what operating system you have. This option will soon be enabled by default for all users, but you can of course enable it manually right now:
Google has even uploaded a video comparing the memory (RAM) memory consumption, of Google Chrome 43 and Chrome 45.
The current version of Google Chrome is 45.0.2454.85.