A recent announcement by Google reveals the tech giant’s intentions: that of making power necessity reductions on Mac computers. Google aims for battery efficiency improvements, it claims, by pausing all Flash content on Chrome.
Safari has always had the upper hand on Chrome when it comes to browser efficiency and Google is attempting to level the playing field.
According to a recent Google+ post by Peter Kasting, Google’s senior software engineer, Chrome has acted as a battery hog and that should change. As such, the Chrome team has been working hard at reducing the browser’s power consumption.
These “wake-ups” occurred 390 times over a period of 30 seconds in the case of Chrome. By comparison, Safari only woke up 120 times over a 30 second period. This meant that Chrome would eat up 0.3 percent CPU while Safari only ate up 0.1 CPU.
Thus far, the team lowered the priority of background tab rendering and has cut back on Chrome’s often “wake-ups” from lower-power modes to check whether it needs to do something. These “wake-ups” would contribute to a higher CPU usage and a higher power necessity.
“The Chrome team has no intention of sitting idly by (pun intended) when our users are suffering,” Kasting said.
As a result of the Chrome team’s efforts, the browser is now claimed to only incur 120 wakes over a half-a-minute period, finally matching Safari’s 0.1 CPU usage.
According to Kasitng’s post, renderers for background tabs will now receive lower priority so idle wake-ups on performance tests will be reduced greatly.
But aside from these power improvements, many Mac users have highlighted other issues with Chrome. For one, the browser’s massive memory usage is still an area where Chrome is seriously deficient.
Mac users insist that there’s no justification for the high memory consumption that Chrome entails. When referring to page memory requirements, they say, rendering a single web page should never suck up more than 2GB of RAM, especially since Chrome already causes systems to be unstable and unusable.
Whether these changes alone will be enough to convince users remains to be seen. One thing is clear though: Google is being accused of not having gone into detail with these changes.
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