Microsoft Improves Battery Drain On Chrome Browsers

Battery Power

The company is at it again! After optimizing the battery consumption on the original Edge browser, Microsoft has now suggested a solution to improve battery drain on the Chromium powered Edge.

And by the same flip of the coin, all other browsers that use the technology.

Including the uncatchable Google Chrome, which continues to solidify its position as a market leader each new moon.

This solution was first spotted on a Chromium Gerrit entry that the Redmond giant posted recently, which goes over the possibility of reducing battery drain by preventing media content being cached to the disk on a PC.

Basically, adding media content to the HTTP cache when streaming media during the acquisition of media and playback on the device results in the disk being active. And this caching adversely affects the battery life of a device.

Another downside to this is that the OS is prevented from entering lower powered modes that go a long way in helping improve battery life due to the constant usage of the disk.

Remarkable to see no one got to this before, but here we are!

Microsoft has put forward the implementation suggestion, which while does not prevents caching for all streaming content, does go over the use cases that the change can be applied to. One of the use cases being content that is played with minimal seeking.

According to the company, it conducted local testing by playing back unencrypted 1080p media 5 times for 5 minutes on a laptop with the implementation turned on and off.

The results showed that the disk write activity decreased by 309KB/sec when the implementation was turned on.

Good stuff, and hopefully, this feature sees the light of the day.

On the new Chromium powered Microsoft Edge first, if at all possible.


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