New Chrome version released with memory improvements

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

Starting now, Google Chrome 55 will use less memory thanks to the improvements developers made to its JavaScript engine. As we all know, memory is a decisive factor when selecting a browser. Though it may not be an issue if you’re using a system with more than 4 GB RAM, for instance, it is still a problem for people using less.

Google Chrome is a browser famous for consuming lots of resources. You can test this by opening 10 websites simultaneously in Microsoft Edge, Firefox and Chrome. Out of the three, you will see that Chrome takes up the most memory. Thankfully, there are lots of extensions that can help you check and control the memory it uses.

However, Google recently announced that Chrome 55 will sport significant memory improvements that will reduce memory consumption. The announcement offered details about the tracking and measurement process the company developed for the improvements.

Google used several websites in their effort to reduce memory use, such as Twitter, Facebook, Imgur, Reddit, New York Times and Flipboard. Moreover, the company mentioned that it worked on two different areas to improve, namely JavaScript Heap Size Reduction and Zone Memory Reduction. The first area improves the memory usage on devices with low RAM by adjusting garbage collection methods, which lead to a 50% reduction in heap size in Google tests.

The second improvement,  Zone Memory, benefits all devices. It reduces memory consumption when it comes to background parsing, a process which lets the JavaScript engine parse JavaScript scripts when you load a page.

All in all, it seems that Google did a great job in improving its browser, but it remains to be seen whether people will notice any difference.

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