The Latest Version of Google Chrome Saves More Memory

The Chrome browser made by Google has been known to be memory hungry. To solve this problem, Google recently released Chrome update version 89 for Windows, Mac, and Android.

In this update, Google uses PartitionAlloc to slightly fix this memory-consuming problem. PartitionAlloc is a memory allocator optimized for latency, efficiency, and security.

Google claims the memory savings generated by the Chrome 89 update reached 22 percent for the browser process on Windows 10, 8 percent in the renderer, and 3 percent in GPU usage.

According to Google, Chrome is now “smarter” in freeing up memory space, by cutting memory in the Foreground tab that is no longer used, for example, images on sites that are no longer visible because the user has scrolled down.

“Chrome can now free up (memory) up to 100 MiB per tab, or more than 20 percent on several popular sites,” wrote Chrome Product Manager Mark Chang on the Chromium blog.

Chrome 89 for macOS has similar improvements, although not as big as Windows. Google says savings by tabbed backgrounds reduce memory usage by up to 8 percent on MacOS.

The Apple Energy Impact value for tabs in the background is also claimed to have increased by 65 percent, thereby reducing heat and fan noise on Mac computers.

Meanwhile, on Android, Chrome is now said to be more stable, 5 percent more memory efficient, and 7.5 percent faster at startup.

The mobile version of Chrome can also start up to 13 percent faster with the Freeze-Dried Tab, a “light” version of the tab that looks similar to the screenshot of the tab, but can be scrolled, zoomed, and clicked.

Freeze-Dried Tabs appear first so that a tab can be displayed more quickly, while the actual tab content is loaded in the background.

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