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Google Chrome will be battery friendly on Macs soon, a Google Engineer reveals

Google Chrome will be battery friendly on Macs soon, a Google Engineer reveals

by AshwinJune 15, 2015

Google Chrome will be battery friendly on Macs soon, according to one of the Mountain View company’s employees.


Back in April, we reported how Google Chrome is a huge battery drainer on Apple’s latest MacBook.

A test conducted by a website, revealed that the 2015 Retina MacBook, performed better with Apple’s own browser. To recap, the MacBook’s battery lasted 13 hours while Safari was used. In comparison, Google Chrome barely made it through 9 hours and 45 minutes.

The fact that the device’s battery died on Chrome, three hours before Safari, is proof enough that Google has not optimized its browser well.

Actually this issue isn’t solely on MacBooks, a few weeks we reported about how Google Chrome will save your battery life. The Mountain View company’s browser will now pause flash content intelligently to save your battery. It will not block videos, or any content for that matter. All it does is just prevent unimportant flash content like animations from auto playing. You can still click on the content to play them.

Google Chrome will be battery friendly on Macs:

Techspot reveals that a Google engineer, Peter Kasting, announced on Google+, that the company is making more changes to Chrome.

Here is the list of changes that are being included in the browser.

Tab Rendering:

If you open multiple tabs in Chrome, you will notice that it will take time to load the content in all the tabs. This is because all tabs had the same priority for rendering.

Now, Chrome has been optimized to render the current tab (foreground tab) before background tabs.

CPU Usage:

Chrome used to incur around 390 wakes over 30 seconds, and 0.3% of the CPU usage, on just one search result page. This has been reduced significantly, to 120 wakes over 30s, and just 0.1% of CPU usage.

You can read more about these changes in Kasting’s Google+ post. The Google Chrome Beta Channel, will be the first to get these changes in six weeks. The changes will be included in the Stable Channel, after a further six weeks, from when it hits the Beta version.

Chrome is a memory hog:

Google is yet to acknowledge that Chrome is a memory hog, not just on Macs, but also on Windows computers as well. You can observe this by opening a tab in Chrome, and then opening the Task Manager. You will find multiple instances of the Chrome task running, consuming an excessive amount of RAM. This isn’t a new issue, it has been a nuisance for a long time.