Google Chrome has a knack for being a battery hog especially when there are too many opened tabs. Now, the search giant is working on a feature that will remedy that.
During a test, Google saved two hours of battery life with 36 background tabs and one blank foreground tab.
Google is now addressing this problem.
Mind you, this will not affect websites or applications that rely on WebSockets or long polls to receive updates and messages, assured Google.
An experimental feature – for now
Likewise, Google ran another experiment. This time, it played a YouTube video on the background in full-screen mode. Additionally, Google turned off the ‘Energy Saver’ feature to prevent it from going idle and disabled ‘Automatically adjust brightness’.
The result, however, is not as impressive as the first experiment. It still resulted in an increase in battery life by almost 36 minutes or 13 percent.
And that’s already for a user who has up to 36 tabs running in the background with a YouTube video in the foreground.
One useful feature hopefully to come soon
Let’s face it, battery life is one of the many things we look at when choosing a gadget. We want out gadgets to be able to last a long time even while carrying out heavy tasks such as editing or games, without needing to be charged.
This feature is only currently available as a flag in early Chrome 86 builds, TheWindowsClub said. Thankfully, the feature will be available to both desktop and mobile versions.
However, there is no guarantee that this feature will be ready by the time the new version of Chrome is ready for mass adoption. There might be a chance it could be scrapped.
Google Chrome is one of the most used search engines, defeating Microsoft’s Edge, Mozilla’s Firefox, and Apple’s Safari.
If this feature would really push through, it could finally address the common complaint among its laptop users. Chrome needs to up its game since companies like Apple and Microsoft regularly highlights its battery life advantages against Chrome.