Chrome 57 Offers Longer Battery And “Read Later” Feature On iOS

The Chrome 57 came out last week for Mac, Linux and Windows users. The new browser will offer a better battery life. According to Google, this is one of the most significant improvements for any browser. Chrome made it possible by reducing the power consumption of the background tabs with better throttling management.

How will Chrome 57 reduce power consumption?

It is true that the background tabs consume more than one-third of Chrome’s power usage on the laptops. The latest version of Chrome 57 will throttle the individual background tabs and limit the timer fire rate for those background tabs that consume excess power. According to Google’s software engineer Alexander Timin, “Chrome has focused on improving the user experience by throttling tab performance for many years.

Like many browsers, Chrome has limited timers in the background to only run once per second. Via the new throttling policy, Chrome 57 will delay timers to limit average CPU load to 1 percent of a core if an application uses too much CPU in the background. Tabs playing audio or maintaining real-time connections like WebSockets or WebRTC won’t be affected”.

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Most of the times, developers’ use Javascript in new websites and social media networks for updating the web page content. It uses up a lot of CPU cycles. In Chrome 57, it will delay the timers of individual background tabs if the power usage is over the mark. But the tabs that are playing audio or the real-time connections, those tabs won’t be affected. The Chrome 57 is available for download to the Mac users now.

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The additional features of this new Google Chrome version

The new feature reduces 25% power consumption by background tabs and thus, saves the overall battery. Timin also says the sole objective of Chrome 57 is to make the background apps rely on the new API’s. One more feature of Chrome 57 is integrating the two-dimensional grid layout systems within the CSS Grid Layout. It will make the work of developers easy and maintains supporting designs on various screens. The new version of Chrome also fixes 36 vulnerabilities.

The Chrome 57 will also roll out for the iOS, and that version is 57.0.2987.100. It comes with the new feature called “read later.” You will get the feature when you tap on the three dots on upper right corner and then click on the “Reading List” option. Google says you can read these articles without any internet connection because they are saved to your device. With the read later feature, you can also segregate articles into “Unread” and “Pages You have read” options.

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