Google’s Latest Chrome Release Will Help Battery Life

If it’s a longer battery life and easier website permissions you are after, Google has felt your pain.

For the Chrome 23 Stable release, Google tested, probed and tinkered until improvements to the battery life were made.

The Chrome team blogged: “We recently enabled GPU-accelerated video decoding for Chrome on Windows. Dedicated graphics chips draw far less power than a computer’s CPU, so using GPU-accelerated video decoding while watching videos can increase battery life significantly… in our tests the battery lasted 25% longer.”

The team added a few other benefits. It is now easier to view and control any website’s permissions for capabilities such as geolocation, pop-ups, and camera/microphone access. Now you just have to click on the page/lock icon next to a website’s address in the omnibox to see a list of permissions and tweak them as you wish.

And last but not least, the Chrome team wants to stay on top of “do not track” requests to websites.

“The effectiveness of such requests is dependent on how websites and services respond, so Google is working with others on a common way to respond to these requests in the future,” the Chrome team blogged.

About Cliff Boodoosingh

Cliff Boodoosingh has been writing on Internet-based technology for more than 10 years. At Dow Jones he covered the money markets, Canadian dollar and daily hot stocks. He authored Regional Analysis sections and competitor profiles for business intelligence reports on the mobile/wireless markets at Marcus Evans. He recently moved from managing digital publications and media coverage for the Technology Division at VerticalScope to oversee content development at, a new personal finance portal.
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