Chrome eats less RAM on desktop and boots faster on Android (video)

Google has made clear its intention to provide more software support to Chrome, its popular web browser, on all platforms where it is available. In this regard, several news have arrived regarding the management of hardware resources by the browser.

This topic is particularly important because historically Chrome is one of the most resource-hungry applications , especially on the desktop platform. With Chrome 89 things should get even better. Google has in fact explained how the new version of the browser on Android will start faster : these improvements have a name and are called Freeze-Dried Tabs . It involves the execution of a sort of screenshot to the tabs that must open when the browser is started.

These screenshots support scrolling, zooming and interaction with the links they include and therefore allow loading in the background of the actual tabs while the user can still start work with the browser. Google has reported that with this new feature, Chrome will be able to start up 13% faster . Furthermore, Google has reported further optimizations for devices updated to at least Android 10 and sporting at least 8 GB of RAM , on which Chrome will be faster in the page loading and smoother navigation.

Even on desktop things get better: Chrome has been optimized in terms of RAM usage, with a 22% reduction on Windows , and 9% greater responsiveness in general terms on desktop. The optimization in the use of resources by Chrome would be tangible even on macOS , with an 8% reduction and an improved energy impact of 65%.

The changes just described will be tangible with the version 89 of Chrome. This will arrive on Android , iOS , macOS and Windows via an automatic rollout in the next weeks.