If you’re one of the millions of people using Google Chrome on a daily basis, you know how much it can slow down your computer.
As websites and online tools ask more and more from computers, browsers have quickly become a big burden — especially when they don’t do a great job at memory management.
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In Google’s testing, websites like Imgur, Reddit, Twitter, The New York Times and YouTube were using 50 percent less RAM on average, which is a significant improvement.
If your desktop computer already has a lot of memory or you systematically close tabs to save some memory, the impact of the update will be less noticeable. But if you’re on a mobile device with less RAM or have a severe case of ‘too many open tabs’, you’ll be happy to notice the reduced load.
While this is already a step in the right direction, the Chromium team is hoping to release more memory-saving updates in the future, specifically focusing on low-end devices with less than 1 GB of memory.
The stable build will go live on December 6th, but if you can’t wait there’s always the Chrome Beta channel that will almost certainly include the improvements a few weeks earlier. If you’re planning to switch to Beta, don’t forget that you’re running pre-release software that might include bugs.