Google is working on improving the performance of tabs in its Chrome browser. Its latest changes could lead to speed gains of up to 10 per cent, according to a new blog post.
“When you’re checking off one task after another from your to-do list, waiting even a few seconds while your tabs load can slow you down,” Google’s Alex Ainslie wrote in the article.
Chrome plans to speed up the loading times for active tabs by taking back resources from tabs that have been idle for a while, according to a post. “We see improvements not only in loading speed but also battery and memory savings,” Chrome engineering director Max Christoff wrote.
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Google has also launched a ‘tab grouping’ feature that it announced in May 2020. Tab grouping enables chrome users to collapse groups and expand them “so it’s easier to see the ones you need to access.”
Additionally, the company is testing the tab previews feature to the beta version of the chrome browser. The tab previews will show you a thumbnail of the website in each tab as you hover over it, giving you a peek of the page.
Ainslie also promises more for PDF support. “Over the next few weeks, you’ll be able to fill out PDF forms and save them with your inputs, directly from Chrome. If you open the file again, you can pick up where you left off,” He says.
Chrome is also getting finger-friendly tabs when using a laptop 2-in-1 in tablet mode. Lastly, for Android users, when typing a site title into the URL bar without knowing its already open somewhere, you’ll now see a suggestion to switch to the existing tab.
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