Google’s Chrome browser is considered to be among the fastest browsers around, but it could soon have some serious competition in the form of Microsoft’s upcoming Edge browser. But unlike speed, power consumption isn’t an area where Google’s browser claims too many merits. However, that is about to change as the company is looking to diminish Chrome’s battery draining.
In order to achieve that, Google is partnering up with Adobe to “intelligently pause content (like Flash animations) that aren’t central to the webpage, while keeping central content (like a video) playing without interruption“.
A few weeks back, we had reported on the AMA that the Google Chrome team did on Reddit. Back then they acknowledged that they are working on reducing Chrome’s battery usage. And this announcement is a first important effort in that direction.
Thus, with this new option, when you’re on a webpage that runs Flash, Chrome will intelligently pause content that isn’t crucial to the webpage’s content. You can always resume playback if Google accidentally paused something. Believe it or not, according to Google, this update alone significantly reduces power consumption, but we’ll have to try that out for ourselves.
The new feature will be enabled by default on Chrome’s latest desktop Beta channel but if you want to manually enable it, you need to go to Chrome’s content settings and select “Detect and run important plugin content.” And we can’t recommend this awesome Chrome plugin enough which has a crude but effective way to keep Chrome under control – The Great Suspender