Google has announced a new update to its popular Google Chrome browser, which will help make life easier for the people working from home during the pandemic.
According to Google, the most significant change to the Chrome browser is a performance update called “Profile Guided Optimization,” which will make the search engine load 10 percent faster.
Alongside the performance update is a Tab Throttling improvement also meant to improve the browser’s loading time.
“The faster Chrome is, the faster you find the information you want or finish the task you need to do. With M85, users will find a noticeably faster Chrome, thanks to our two latest improvements: Profile Guided Optimization, which delivers up to 10% faster page loads; and Tab Throttling, which helps reduce the impact of idle background tabs, coming to the Beta channel,” said Google in its announcement.
Profile Guided Optimization is a compiler optimization technique which allows the performance-critical parts of code to run faster. According to Google, the Performance Guided Optimization uses real usage scenarios that match the workflows of actual Chrome users globally. By comparing the usage scenarios, the browser can prioritize the most common tasks and make them faster.
“Our testing consistently shows pages loading up to 10 percent faster at the median, and even greater speed improvements when your CPU is tasked with running many tabs or programs,” says Google.
Google’s data indicates that “browser responsiveness” is 3.9 percent faster for Mac users and 7.3 percent faster for Windows users with the update.
The Tab Throttling feature intends to give more resources to the tabs users are actively engaging with by focusing resources on active use tabs and minimizing the number of resources used on tabs in the background for an extended time. Google reports that the feature leads to improvements in both loading speed and also battery and memory savings.
The Tab Throttling feature is currently only available on Google Chrome’s Beta channel. The Beta channel enables users to try out new features before they are released more widely.
Chrome is also making it easier to organize related tabs into groups by allowing users to collapse and expand tabs into one tab.
“These days, people are spending a lot of time in their browsers to get things done, whether for work, school or something else. And while some write out a formal to-do list to keep track of tasks, for others, their to-do list is their tabs in Chrome,” Alex Ainslie, Chrome’s director of UX, said.
The feature allows users of Chrome to label tabs into groups such as “work” or “shopping” to make organization easier. According to Google, this update is the most popular feature update requested by users.
The final, significant update coming to Google Chrome is users’ ability to hover over tabs and see a preview thumbnail of the page. The update comes to address having too many tabs from the same website open to the point where users cannot distinguish them from each other.
According to CNN Business, the features will roll out gradually in the coming weeks to maintain the browser’s stability.