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Google Chrome has been updated with ‘intelligence’ to save laptop battery

Google’s Chrome browser is yet to receive an update that promises reduced usage of RAM on any computers for better battery life for the device by limiting Adobe Flash Player.google-chrome-update

With the recent beta release of Google Chrome browser, the browser comes with a new feature that identifies the running Flash automatically, in a Web page and stops them, if it is unnecessary – such as Flash ads in the Web page. In the meanwhile, if the user wants to display the ads, they can able to run it on from the browser itself.

Tommy Li, a Google software engineer, wrote in a blog post on Thursday.

“When you’re on a Web page that runs Flash, we’ll intelligently pause content (like Flash animations) that aren’t central to the Web page, while keeping central content (like a video) playing without interruption,”

Adobe Flash is one of the most powerful multimedia format used in Web pages for many presentation purposes, and allows webmasters to present rich contents on the internet. For the past few years, Flash drains security and battery life of the device and has been a major issue for the device users.

In the past, Steve Jobs took a decision against Flash to remove the support from the Apple’s iOS mobile version to improve the battery life of the device. The move by the company has prompted the websites to provide alternative support for HTML5 and reduced the effects of Flash in the Web pages.

Google’s Li argues that Flash will squeeze the battery of the device and also added,

“This update significantly reduces power consumption, allowing you to surf the Web longer before having to hunt for a power outlet,”

There is no information, how much improvement will be there in the life of the battery once the new feature is rolled out. The move makes Adobe unhappy, especially Chrome browser own 26% of the worldwide browser market, according to the report from NetMarketShare. Soon, Google will roll out the feature in the full version of the browser in future.

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