Google working to make Chrome more efficient on the Mac

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If you find the Chrome browser to be a bit too power-hungry for your liking, Google has some good news for you. According to Google software engineer Peter Kasting, the Chrome team is hard at work to make the browser more efficient, particularly on the Mac.

In a post published to Google+, Kasting outlined several areas of browser performance the Chrome team has been working on improving. For example, background tab rendering is now set at a lower priority, which means that other, more pressing tasks will get processor resources ahead of a webpage you may not look at right away anyway. And Kasting says the team has managed to reduce processor use up to 70 percent for certain tasks on Chrome for Mac. 

Apple has made power efficiency a big priority in recent years as its product line and priorities have shifted ever more toward notebooks and other mobile devices. Case in point, one of the big selling points in OS X Mavericks in 2013 was a new version of Safari designed with speed and energy savings in mind. And Apple hopes to continue the trend with the efficiency-focused OS X El Capitan, which should arrive this fall.

More improvements on the way


According to Kasting, improving Chrome’s performance on the Mac is a big priority for the Chrome team going forward, particularly given the browser’s reputation for being a resource-hog compared to Apple’s Safari browser.

Chrome’s newfound focus on efficiency is a welcome first step, and it may just be the beginning: According to Kasting, the Chrome team plans on making ongoing improvements to the browser’s performance. Here’s hoping for more good news on the performance front in the not-too-distant future.

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