Google: Chrome 87 offers biggest performance uplift in year

Posted on Wednesday, November 18 2020 @ 10:55 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Google's Chrome is the most widely used browser these days -- but it may not always be the fastest option anymore. The search giant tries to change this by working on improving the performance of its browser. With the arrival of Chrome 87, the firm says you can expect 25 percent faster start ups, 7 percent faster pageloads, and lower RAM utilization too. Furthermore, by prioritizing active tabs versus everything that's open, CPU usage will be reduced by up to 5x. Google's benchmarks show this can extend battery life by up to 1.25 hours.
This month's update represents the largest gain in Chrome performance in years, thanks to many under-the-hood improvements. Here’s what’s starting to roll out today:

  • Chrome now prioritizes your active tabs vs. everything that’s open—reducing CPU usage by up to 5x and extending battery life by up to 1.25 hours (based on our internal benchmarks).

  • Chrome now starts up to 25 percent faster, loads pages up to 7 percent faster, and does all of this using less power and RAM than before.

  • Chrome on Android now loads pages near instantaneously when you navigate backward and forward, making these common tasks super fast.
  • Besides performance optimizations, Chrome 87 also has some new features like the ability to instruct the browser to do various tasks via the address bar (like by typing in "delete history" or "edit passwords") .

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    Thomas De Maesschalck

    Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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