Google Chrome (OS): There were two exciting announcements about Chrome, shortly after Google announced a huge feature update for Chromebooks. In addition to new functions, a few improvements were announced in retrospect that also affect other platforms outside of Chrome OS. But always one after the other, because exciting news for Chrome OS was there again.
A problem with today’s Chromebooks is not the length of support, but the close interlinking of the operating system and browser. If the Chrome OS operating system no longer receives updates, this also applies to the pure browser component. The browser could actually be kept up-to-date regardless of the operating system, as is the case with Windows, macOS and Co.
Google is specifically working on two construction sites. On the one hand, there are agreements with the manufacturers of Chromebooks so that software support that is as lengthy as possible can be offered. There is also “working under the hood” to decouple the browser from the operating system to such an extent that the Chrome browser can also be updated on older Chrome OS versions over the long term. There have already been assumptions about this in the past, which have thus been officially confirmed.
Google Chrome should soon be faster than before
There wasn’t much time in between, the Chromium team made another announcement in their own blog. Even in version 89, the base of the Chrome browser has some welcome new features. The last update has considerable memory savings under Windows. Up to 22% in the browser process, 8% in the renderer and 3% in the GPU. And responsiveness has been improved by 9%. Chrome is now a lot smarter when it comes to using memory.
There are comparable optimizations under Android, but with smaller numbers. The developers promise an improvement in memory usage of 5%, 7.5% faster start times and up to 2% faster page loading processes. The Chromium team also promises noticeable improvements for devices with 8 GB or more of RAM, which load websites 8.5% faster and enable 28% smoother operation (scrolling, etc.).
“Freeze Dried” tabs improve startup time by 13%. Here, tabs are saved as a kind of interactive screenshot, so that they are available faster or immediately at the start and the loading process is less visible to us users.