05 June 2015

Google Chrome Blog: “Better battery life for your laptop”

Google Chrome detect and run important plugins

When you’re on a webpage that runs Flash, we’ll intelligently pause content (like Flash animations) that aren’t central to the webpage, while keeping central content (like a video) playing without interruption. If we accidentally pause something you were interested in, you can just click it to resume playback. This update significantly reduces power consumption, allowing you to surf the web longer before having to hunt for a power outlet.

Tommy Li

It’s nice to see developers taking power management seriously, after last year an article revealed how a Chrome ‘feature’ caused the browser to consume significantly more power on Windows, affecting laptop battery life. Fortunately, after being ignored for about two years, that particular bug looks fixed in recent versions, or at least its negative effects have been reduced considerably.

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