Google’s Chrome web browser may be the best and most widely used, but that doesn’t mean it does not have its problems. Battery life when running Chrome is significantly worse than most other browsers, and on computers with powerful processors, Chrome really likes to push it far and get the heat uncomfortably high. Luckily, Google is addressing that issue, at least a little, today.
We recently enabled GPU-accelerated video decoding for Chrome on Windows. Dedicated graphics chips draw far less power than a computer’s CPU, so using GPU-accelerated video decoding while watching videos can increase battery life significantly.
In our tests , the battery lasted 25% longer when GPU-accelerated video decoding was enabled. Now Chrome users on Windows will experience longer battery life so they don’t get cut off while watching their favorite YouTube video on repeat.
This is something Internet Explorer had for a while, and I strongly believe it made IE smoother and very easy on resources. I’m very happy to see Chrome receive the same treatment.
Also included in this update is Do Not Track. This is simply a request send out by the browser asking not to track you, but it isn’t always effective. Many sites ignore this request. Still, it’s a nice feature to have, since it adds security.
This latest release also includes an option to send a “do not track” request to websites and web services. The effectiveness of such requests is dependent on how websites and services respond, so Google is working with others on a common way to respond to these requests in the future.