By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
Tech giant Google on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, rolled out the latest update to the world’s most popular web browser Google Chrome, with focus on enhanced performance while efficiently using your system’s resources like battery, RAM, and the CPU.
Matt Waddell, Chrome’s Director of Product, wrote in a blog that this is the browser’s largest performance gain in years.
“This month’s update represents the largest gain in Chrome performance in years. A slew of under-the-hood changes and optimizations have led to boosts to Chrome on several fronts,” Waddell wrote.
In this update, Chrome now will prioritize your active tab over the others in the background hence reducing CPU usage by up to 5x and extending battery life by up to 1.25 hours. This does not stop background features that users care about, like playing music and getting notifications.
Google says that the browser now launches 25 percent, loads pages up to 7 percent faster and does all of this using less power and RAM than before.
Google is also adding tab search, which is exactly what it sounds like and could be a godsend for those of us buried under an avalanche of them.
“You’ll now be able to see a list of your open tabs — regardless of the window they’re in — then quickly type to find the one you need,” Google sys. This feature is debuting on Chromebooks first and then expanding to other desktop versions of Chrome.
The address bar is getting a bit more useful with something Google calls Chrome Actions, “a faster way to get things done with just a few keystrokes.”
For example, when you type, “Edit passwords,” or “delete history,” you can now take action directly from the bar. Our first set of actions — available initially on desktop — focuses on privacy and security, so you can increase your peace of mind in a few clicks.
Lastly, you might soon notice “cards” when you open a new tab in Chrome.
“To help you jump back into activities like planning a meal, researching a holiday gift, or winding down with a video, we’ll soon add cards to your new tab page in Chrome. Clicking on them will take you to recently visited and related content on the web, and save you time in the process,” Google explains.
For now, cards will only appear “for some users” beneath the shortcuts area; Google says it is planning to add entertainment-focused cards in 2021.
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