Google is testing a method to extend a Chromebook’s battery life by changing the way it works with the Chrome web browser. This is shaping up to be a potentially lucrative update for users who leave a lot of tabs open on their Chromebooks.
It looks like Google is interested in taking the idea further, at least for Chromebook users. About Chromebooks This week saw a new flag in Chrome OS 105, which is currently being tested in the Dev Channel, that changes this five-minute duration to 10 seconds.
“This is expected to increase battery life,” reads the Chrome features page. “An experiment on the Canary and Dev channels revealed no regression in our guiding metrics, and there are significant improvements (~10 percent) in CPU time when all tabs are hidden and silent.”
This feature is still under development; Should it make it to the general public, it’s not expected until Chrome OS 105. Most Chromebooks currently run Chrome OS 103.