Google has just released its final 2020 update for Chrome, and it seems to boast more than just the typical bug fixes and minor enhancements. In a blog post written by Chrome’s Director of Product, Matt Waddell, he describes the update as the“largest gain in Chrome performance in years”. This series of improvements promise to address some of the many issues Chrome users have been plagued with through the years.
One of its most significant updates relates to tabs. If you’re like most people, you probably have over 50 tabs open at once – which uses up a ton of battery power. Chrome will now prioritise your active tabs instead of everything open — reducing CPU usage by up to 5x and extending battery life by 1.25 hours.
Speaking of having tons of tabs open at once, Chrome is set to release tab search, a long-overdue feature.“You’ll now be able to see a list of your open tabs—regardless of the window they’re in—then quickly type to find the one you need.” Gone are the days of hovering your cursor over each tab to see what’s on them.
Chrome’s startup time will now be up to 25% faster, and users will experience near-instantaneous load time when navigating backward and forward between pages.
The update also expands the address bar’s capabilities with Chrome Actions — a new and convenient way to adjust browser settings and take action.
In future updates, Google plans to add a cards feature which will categorise recently-visited pages and related content. Card categories will initially include shopping and cooking, with more to be added early next year.
Chrome updates began rolling out on November 17. Your browser may have already automatically installed the update, or you can check updates by clicking on the menu(three dots) > Help > About Google Chrome.