Chrome to become more battery-friendly on Windows 10

by Madalina Dinita
Madalina Dinita
Madalina Dinita
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Madalina has been a Windows fan ever since she got her hands on her first Windows XP computer. She is interested in all things technology, especially emerging technologies... read more
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There are plenty of web browsers to choose from, and it all boils down to personal preferences. Maybe you want a browser that is extremely secure, or you may want a browser that has great extension support. Whichever the case, there is always a good browser for everyone.

Google Chrome is a good example of a very powerful and popular browser. The only problem is that it is notorious for how much RAM it uses and, as an indirect result, how much battery it can eat up.

Google Chrome will be more energy efficient

Now that Windows 10 has become Microsoft’s go-to OS, more and more companies are trying to mold their products around working better with it. One good example is how Google is planning on making it so that their browser is less battery-intensive on Windows 10.

It seems that a future update will add a check to verify that the device is running on battery or AC power. Google added in their commit that:

Since the goal is to improve battery life, this scopes the change so that it doesn’t impact scenarios when the device is connected to power. The potential disadvantage is thatthe caching behavior can now be different depending on whether the device is connected or not.

Google to optimize Chrome’s disk caching

Apparently, the biggest power consumer in Google Chrome was its disk caching feature when watching videos. It was later explained that caching during video playback keeps disk in an active state, and it apparently uses power.

The latest update would make it so that caching during video playback during battery usage will be turned off. Unfortunately, there aren’t any exact numbers regarding how much this update will affect the battery life of devices.

What other features do you think would make Chrome use less battery on Windows 10? Let us know in the comment section below.

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