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Google Chrome is the most widely used browser on the planet. Millions of users all over the world rely on it for their daily use. But Chrome has a very big issue: it eats so much of your device’s memory.

The Verge performed a test in 2015 to know just how long a battery would last on a MacBook Pro when using Apple Safari or Google Chrome. The study found that using Chrome only lasted the battery 9 hours 45 minutes compared to the 13 hours 18 minutes of Safari.



Memory is responsible for making things run faster as well as enabling a device to do more. However, as websites and apps get more powerful and complex, so will their need for more memory. Thankfully, the team behind Chrome is looking to address that.

According to the team, Chrome will be able to address the memory-hogging issue in a release slated this December. The Chromium team has worked hard to ensure memory usage will be cut in half. To do this, they have included a new JavaScript engine to lessen memory usage for sites that rely heavily on JavaScript.

Testing by Google has shown that websites such as Twitter, Reddit, Imgur, YouTube and The New York Times are now using 50% less RAM.

While users of devices with significant amount of memory won’t likely notice these changes, the opposite is true for users with devices having less RAM. As a result of the update, users with less RAM on their devices will have an improved experience.

The team behind Chrome is looking to release more updates addressing memory saving in the future, particularly for low-end devices that don’t have an abundant supply of memory.

The stable build for the Chrome update addressing memory issues will be available on December 6. However, those who want to play with a beta version can do so by going to the Chrome Beta channel. However, keep in mind that this version might still be buggy.

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