Google Chrome is about to become less memory intensive.
The popular web browser gets a pair of new features to help keep your computer running smoothly, even when you have a ton of tabs open or your battery is low. Over the next few weeks, Chrome users around the world will have access to two new tools: Memory Saver and Energy Saver.
Memory Saver is for people who just can’t manage their tabs to save their life. We all know someone who has been promising to read an article for six months. Enable this feature and Chrome will automatically close tabs you’re not actively using so they take up less memory, preventing your computer from shutting down. Simply return to a tab that has saved memory and it will reload automatically.
As for Energy Saver, enable this feature and Chrome will adapt to low power computer. If you’re using Chrome when your device’s battery is at 20% or less, Energy Saver will automatically limit background activity, images, and videos that it deems unnecessary. This should at least give you enough time to find a loader.
None of these features are particularly revolutionary (there are already Chrome extensions which do what Memory Saver does), but it’s good that Google has integrated them directly into the browser. Now seriously, close all those tabs. You’re not going to read that think piece you queued up in April.