Whether entirely justified or not, Google Chrome has a reputation as a devourer of laptop battery life. However, a forthcoming tweak might dramatically change that.
According to TheWindowsClub, a test carried out by Google developers showed a massive two hour, or 28% improvement in laptop battery life, when the circumstances were favourable. The savings will be consistent across Chrome for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and Chrome OS, according to the report.
It should be said that the conditions outlined in a technical document seen by the site had a whopping 36 tabs running in the background and an empty tab in the foreground, so it’s not likely every day users would see such benefits.
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The feature, which will be accessible via chrome://flags in beta versions and could be available as soon as a default feature within the consumer version of Chrome 86. Right now we’re only in the early build stage, so it’ll be a while yet. Google also hasn’t commented on the reports.
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