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Google Chrome’s next feature will help preserve battery life with many open tabs

In short: Google Chrome may soon become less performance-hungry, especially if you keep lots of tabs open in the background. A newly discovered feature in the development version will improve the battery life of mobile devices and possibly even boost the performance of older low-end PCs.

Google Chrome is by far the the most popular web browser, although it has also gained a reputation for consuming system resources. That might change to some extent soon, as the company is testing a new feature that will improve battery life for Chrome users on all platforms who like to keep lots of tabs open.

Currently, Chrome only allows web pages to run JavaScript code once a minute after you haven’t interacted with them for more than five minutes, essentially putting inactive tabs to sleep.

About Chromebooks spotted a new flag called “Fast and intensive limitation of background pages loadedin Chrome OS 105 (Dev Channel). This feature changes the default grace period from five minutes to just 10 seconds, supposedly improving CPU time by around 10%.

The improvement doesn’t mean you’ll get a 10% increase in battery life, as the CPU is only a fraction of a system’s total power consumption. Nonetheless, it can still make a noticeable difference, depending on how many tabs you keep open and how inefficiently coded websites you visit are.

The feature is expected to arrive in a few months for Chrome users on all platforms, including Windows, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Android. Other Chromium-based browsers, such as Microsoft Edge and Opera, might also choose to implement the change, especially since Edge already has an efficiency mode that works similarly.