Google is testing a method to boost the battery life of Chromebooks by changing how they work with the Chrome web browser. It’s shaping up to be a potentially attractive update for users who leave a lot of tabs open on their Chromebooks.
It seems Google is interested in pushing the idea even further, at least for Chromebook users. About Chromebooks this week spotted a new flag in Chrome OS 105, currently being tested in the dev channel, that changes this five-minute period to 10 seconds.
“This is expected to extend battery life,” the Chrome feature page reads. “An experiment on the Canary and Dev channels did not reveal any regression to our guiding metrics, and there are significant improvements (~10 percent) to CPU time when all tabs are hidden and silent.”
This feature is still under development; should it reach the general public, it isn’t expected until Chrome OS 105. Most Chromebooks currently run Chrome OS 103.