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Google finally starts fixing Chrome’s memory-hogging, battery-killing features

Published Sep 4th, 2015 6:50AM EDT
Google Chrome 45 Update Features

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It may be one of the best Internet browsers you can get your hands on, but it can also be pretty annoying, especially when it comes to energy efficiency. Google, however, got the message, and it started fixing the Chrome browser, releasing a version that’s supposed to offer you a “faster and more efficient web.”

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The company says it figured out ways to prevent Chrome from using more RAM memory and even free up resources when the user isn’t actively browsing the web.

Even though it wants to offer you the option of continuing where you left off in a browser, Chrome 45 – that’s the latest update Google released – is smarter about restoring tabs activity. Tabs are restored from most to least recently viewed. And the browser will stop restoring if it’s running low on memory.

Additionally, Chrome now detects when a web page isn’t busy with a task and use the time to clean up unused memory, as seen in the following video.

Google also says that Chrome will auto-pause Flash content that’s not central to a website. This feature alone should make your battery last up to 15% longer, depending on operating system – however, the feature will be turned to default behavior progressively for users over the next few weeks.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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