The Google Chrome update in 2020 is about “Efficiency”.
“This month’s update represents the largest gain in Chrome performance in years,” Matt Waddell, Chrome’s director of product, wrote in a blog post. Sounds pretty exciting on the surface, no? Waddell says a slew of under-the-hood changes and optimizations have led to boosts to Chrome on several fronts.
The first has to do with tabs. Chrome now will prioritize your active tab over the others in the background, “reducing CPU usage by up to 5x and extending battery life by up to 1.25 hours”. Google goes into greater detail on just what it’s doing to keep tabs in check at the Chromium blog. “We’ve done this without sacrificing the background features that users care about, like playing music and getting notifications.”
Opening the chrome should feel faster. It will open the Google faster and you will experience it soon. The pages will also load faster than before. All this will be done with 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”. 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.”