With Chrome 57, Google wants to reduce the battery drain on your browser by slowing the tabs in the background

With each new version of Chrome, Google introduces a feature that promises to reduce your browser's frightening battery consumption. In the end, performance doesn't improve that much. Anyway, we hope that this time the improvements will be noticeable.

The Mountain View giant yesterday announced a new feature, available from Chrome 57, that significantly decreases the CPU requirement (and, consequently, battery consumption): slowing the tabs in the background.

According to Google, these tabs are responsible for up to a third of Chrome’s power usage on a computer. The main responsible for this are the JavaScript timer functions, commands that execute certain codes at specific time intervals. For an example, think of the main pages of some news portals that update automatically from time to time.

With Chrome 57, Google begins to limit the action of these timers on inactive tabs (limiting the processing power of an inactive tab to 1% of a processor core). The idea, over time, to develop the technology so that it can reach a state of complete inactivity, that is, make the flap be there (in the background), but without consuming absolutely any of the machine's resources. It is good to note that tabs that are playing sound or maintaining connections in real time, such as WebRTC, will not suffer the action of the resource and will continue to function normally. The new technology, promises Google, makes the resource consumption of inactive tabs drop by 25%, which we can all expect to be true.

Chrome 57 is now available to all users; if you use the browser, chances are you are already taking advantage of the new feature. Did you feel any difference there?

(via MacRumors)