New Google Chrome update is good news for laptop battery life

Hanno Labuschagne

Staff member
Sep 2, 2019
New Google Chrome update is good news for laptop battery life

An experimental feature shipping in the next version of Google’s Chrome browser could significantly reduce battery consumption on laptops and mobile devices.

This is according to a report from The Windows Club, which said that Google has tested a function which limits JavaScript timer wake-ups in background webpages.

JavaScript can be used by websites to perform a number of tasks, including checking if the user’s scrolling position has changed, reporting logs, and analysing interactions with ads.


Honorary Master
Aug 23, 2013
For example, checking if the scroll position changed, reporting logs, analyzing interactions with ads.
Only the last of those three is what I'd consider "valid".
You'd use an onScroll event listener for the first, and you'd only send a log if something actually happens, so background tab shouldn't really do anything.

I'd want another test with just uBlock installed/running as a comparison.


New Member
Sep 24, 2009
The quality of journalism has gone down rapidly during the lockdown. Sadly, even once respected online publishers like this one now only go for clicks and regard readers as brainless consumers only good for ad income.

This is especially true when articles like this one is a few second "copy and paste" job. It seems the cheapest sources for this 3rd rate journalism are being used and professional journalists are a thing of the past. If you can earn us income by copy and pasting more, you are good. Just never dare to think!

As stated in the article, contrary to the heading, these features are NOT in any new update. They are at best available as a download for beta testing and may never be implemented.