Google wants to get rid of background tabs that are resource-inefficient. With the latest version of Chrome, you can improve your laptop’s battery life.
The company released Chrome 57, which is the most recent version of the web browser. It offers changes that tackle how background tabs operate. The goal is to help users maximize their laptop’s battery life.
With the latest Chrome version, the browser will limit background tabs’ CPU load to one percent on a single core. However, experts argue that there’s a subtle difference in how the browser prevents background tabs from using system resources.
While running in the background after a few seconds, each tab will be limited to a particular CPU usage. It’s measured in seconds of real-world time taken to complete a process. Tabs can only use the CPU if there’s still time left in the budget.
But the latest version offers some exceptions. For example, tabs that stream music of video content, and those that maintain a connection to a remote server won’t be affected. The CPU budget might be increased. However, it’d depend on the feedback to the changes made.
The latest version is just part of the company’s ongoing effort to make changes on how background tabs should behave in Chrome. By 2020, the company wishes to achieve a complete tab suspension.
Google has another way to solve the resource-hungry problem in the background tabs. Currently, it’s pushing a technology known as Service Workers. It aims to improve the next generation websites with enhanced functionality. It can also offer a better capacity when using system resources.
In 2017, the company plans to suspend all timers on the tabs on mobile devices after a few minutes. If everything works out great, all activities in a background tab will be halted after a few minutes in 2018. Developers can still opt out. But in 2020, the ability to drop out will no longer be available.
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Apart from those changes, Chrome 57 will also include a Safari-like Reading List. The implementation is exclusive to iOS for now. One of its main advantages is its ability to sync content between various device.
The Safari Reading list allows you to save the entire web pages so you can view them online. It’s not the same as Pocket and other similar apps because they only present pages automatically in a reading-friendly format.
However, Safari lets users connect sites to reader view when opened giving you a similar presentation but with less customization than those built-in apps.
The Reading List on Chrome will behave similarly to Safari’s version, but it adds a useful element. It separates those pages you’ve read from those that you haven’t. In that way, it’ll be easier for you to monitor your favorite links.
You can access this feature through the Chrome’s menu. It also shows the unread articles next to your Reading List option.
This feature will roll out very soon. Besides the background tabs and Reading List, the changes in the upcoming release will also tackle patches and improvements to assist developers in scaling sites to multiple display sizes.