Google Chrome is experimenting on a meta tag that may prolong the battery life of your laptop

Google has been working on finding new ways to prolong battery life when the Chrome browser is being used. Notoriously and quite infamously, Chrome is considered as a ‘battery hog,’ but it looks like Google is paying attention to this particular issue for a while now. Recently, The WindowsClub found out a meta tag on which Google is working on these days.

As per reports, Google is experimenting with this meta tag that will be available for websites. It will let the sites switch on some battery-saving features, like toning down the colors, or reducing the frame rate, and perhaps slowing down the script execution, etc. All of these actions will help conserve some energy and will most likely let the laptop run a little longer, especially when you are in the midst of a long video call session or a conference.

What this could mean, in simple words is that websites that will have this meta tag will be sending their requirements to the Chrome browser, and then the browser will respond on the basis of those requirements. So, if a web page has this tag, it will basically let the browser know if there is any need for energy conservation, etc. And then the browser will act on those specifications.

Currently, this feature is part of Chrome’s Origin Trials and is not likely to be formally tested until the Chrome 86 or 87 versions. Also, it seems to be a far-fetched idea at the moment with not much clarity. So, it is likely to take a while before it reaches the stable channels. And whether it will reach the standard browser or not, that is still a question that needs a long way to be answered!

But this is not the first attempt by Google. In July also, there was some news that Google is experimenting with a feature in Chrome 86. It is supposed to reduce the power and energy uptake by shutting down the unnecessary JavaScript timers and trackers in the background opened tabs. Especially the ones that check on your scrolling position.

Google managed to save two hours of battery life in one of these experiments when 36 tabs were opened in the background and one blank tab was opened in the foreground.

As per the last reports by TheWindowsClub, this feature is available as a flag in the early version of Chrome 86, and it is likely to be available for all mobile and desktop versions after passing through the proper testing channels.

So, these are some interesting efforts that Google is making to shake Chrome’s reputation as a battery sucker. Let us wait and see how these features turn out to be if they ever roll out in the future.



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