In brief: Google Chrome may soon become less performance-oriented, especially if you keep a lot of tabs open in the background. A recently discovered feature in the dev build will improve battery life for mobile devices and maybe even improve performance on old low-end PCs.
Google Chrome is by far the most popular web browser, although it has also developed a reputation for eating up system resources. That may soon change to some degree, as the company tests a new feature that improves battery life for Chrome users across all platforms who like to keep a lot of tabs open.
About Chromebooks saw a new flag called “Fast intensive timer limitation of loaded background pages” in Chrome OS 105 (Dev Channel). This feature changes the default five-minute grace period to just 10 seconds, supposedly improving CPU time by about 10 percent.
The improvement doesn’t mean a 10 percent increase in battery life, as the CPU is only a fraction of a system’s total power consumption. Nevertheless, it can still make a noticeable difference depending on how many tabs you keep open and how inefficiently encrypted websites you visit.
The feature should be available to Chrome users on all platforms in a few months, including Windows, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Android. Other Chromium-based browsers, such as Microsoft Edge and Opera, may also choose to make the change, especially considering that Edge already has an efficiency mode that works the same way.