Catching up with Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome is getting two new features – Memory Saver and Energy Saver in its latest update.
While the former is much like Edge’s Sleeping Tabs, the latter is to save the device’s battery in crucial times. Though Chrome enables these features automatically in the latest update, the control is always in the end users’ hands to opt in and out.
Google Chrome New Features
Chrome’s latest update has added a couple of new features – Memory Saver and Energy Saver – that put the Google browser on par with Microsoft’s Edge. Though both run on the same Chromium engine, it’s how the respective OEMs develop differentiates them, ultimately.
And in this case, Google added a Memory Saver feature to Chrome, which is similar to Edge’s Sleeping Tabs. When not working on certain tabs, this feature will automatically freeze the inactive tabs to save their memory consumption – and free up the space on your computer.
Freezing Includes pausing the media-heavy content like videos or GIFs, which are useless when in the background and inactive. And when the user switches back to them, Chrome will automatically reload them, bringing them back to their original state.
Users will know when the memory saver is on from a notification in the address bar and can opt for it if needed. There’s even a visual indicator of how much data you’ve saved with this new feature.
Next up is the Energy Saver – which tweaks the webpages if your laptop power dips under a certain value, say at 20%. Chrome will then limit the background activity of webpages – like animations or videos, to save the remaining power.
Here too, there’s a visual indicator to let users know when it’s active and an option in the Chrome menu bar to let users turn it off when needed. This, too, has been available in Edge for quite a time. Update your Chrome browser to see them in it too.