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Chrome 57 Will Reduce Power Consumption


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Google has announced that the Chrome browser will change how it handles background tabs in an attempt to improve battery life. These tabs are estimated to "consume a third of Chrome's power usage on desktop." Users of Chrome on a laptop, tablet, or cell phone should see the most significant impact as these devices are more likely to be running on battery power. The improvement is due to a change in the throttling policy that "will delay timers to limit average CPU load to 1% of a core if an application uses too much CPU in background." Tabs that are playing audio or maintaining real-time connections won't be affected by the change. Google has stated that the long term goal is to suspend background tabs to further limit the power utilization.

Source: Chromium Blog

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