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Chrome shouldn’t devour your PC’s battery quite as quickly any more

Chrome 53 Battery Power

In many ways, Chrome is the best browser available for any platform, but it’s not without its issues. One of the biggest frustrations for many Chrome users is how quickly it depletes the battery, especially on Windows devices. Last week, Google finally addressed that issue with the release of Chrome 53.

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According to ZDNet, the latest stable channel update features several power consumption enhancements for video playback as well as “big” performance and power improvements for the browser as a whole.

After being lambasted by Microsoft earlier this year, it appears Google has decided that actions speak louder than words. Rather than hitting back at Microsoft over its claims that a PC can last up to 70% longer using Edge than Chrome, Google simply went to work on some improvements that would put its browser more in line with Edge in terms of power consumption.

We haven’t done any extensive testing (and Google hasn’t released any videos or benchmarks of its own), so we’ll just have to take Google’s word for it for now. Hopefully we’ll learn more about Chrome 53 in the coming days.

Chances are that your Chrome browser has already updated itself automatically, but if you want to make sure, just tap on the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner, go to Settings >About and check the version of your browser. If it says 53.0.2785.89 or 53.0.2785.92, you’re all set. If not, go ahead and update.

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.