Friday, June 5, 2015

Chrome will start to suspend unimportant Flash content to improve battery life

Flash and other plugins have become less and less important in the modern web, and now Google thinks it's time to take another step away from it, by suspending all plugin content deemed non-important... and improving performance and battery life in the process.

As any MacBook user will know, using Chrome instead of Safari can easily shave off a couple fo hours from their battery life. And part of it can be attributed to Flash content constantly keeping the CPU in use.

More advanced users have long known they could fix that by enabling click-to-play on Chrome; but for the vast majority of Chrome users, it was something they weren't even aware... until now. On the latest Chrome beta Google has enabled an automatic plugin suspension sytem by default - which will soon arrive at the public Chrome version.

You can look at it as a more friendly and less intrusive click-to-play, where Google will try to decide which Flash content will be shown (for instance a video window) and which will be suspended (flash ads). Anyway, just like before, you'll still be able to get any plugin content working by simply clicking on it - as well as selecting if you want to have full control over it, similar to the previous click-to-play behavior.

You're bound to notice when this update arrives at your computer... as your computer's fans should stop buzzing as loud as they used to whenever you opened up Chrome. :)

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