July 7, 2020 report
Chrome tweak stems battery drain
Google's Chromium browser team has come up with a simple fix to address heavy battery drain.
The browser has long been recognized as a powerful, stable utility, but one that tends to hog resources. The impact is felt particularly by laptop users.
Current Chrome settings allow up to one wake-up call per second.
Google researchers ran tests in which they throttled the timers so they could be accessed only once a minute.
In an experiment, they opened 36 web pages on individual tabs and tested how long it would take to drain the battery. With Chrome browsers, the batteries operated for 7 hours, while Safari browsers lasted 9.4 hours. But with throttling, Chrome browsers eked out an additional 28 percent of battery usage—1.8 additional hours of life, for a total of 8.8 hours.
The way Chrome currently operates, constant, wasteful, memory-consuming wake-up calls would be sent to each of those 36 background tabs.
The feature will soon be available for all devices including mobile and desktop devices. Igt will work with all platforms including Windows, Android, Chrome OS, Mac and Linux.
The feature can be disabled if a user prefers the frequent timer function.
Introduced in 2008, Google Chrome now boasts a 68 percent market share of all browser users, leaving Firefox, Safari, Edge, Internet Explorer and Opera in the dust.
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