An experimental feature shipping in the next version of Google’s Chrome browser could significantly reduce battery consumption on laptops and mobile devices.
Many of these tasks don’t need to be performed when the tabs run in the background, however.
For its testing, Google opened 36 random tabs in the background of Chrome, with the foreground tab on the “about:blank” address.
Below are the graph and tables showing the results of the test.
A second test substituted the blank foreground tab with a YouTube video in fullscreen mode in order to determine if there was still a benefit when the foreground tab was actively used.
The gains were less significant in this instance, but battery life was still increased by 13% – or around 36 minutes.
The graph and table below show the results of the YouTube test.
Google is considering several ways to implement the feature to decrease Chrome’s battery usage.
The feature will be available in an experimental form on Chrome 86 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and Chrome OS, which is set to release in October 2020.
System administrators will initially have the ability to disable the feature in the enterprise version of Chrome.