Google Chrome is currently the most widely used web browser in the world, holding more than 40 percent of the web browsing market. Although it is popular because of its speed, integration, user friendliness, incognito mode and the variety of extensions available, it could be such a memory hog sometimes.
Chrome users know this too well. Sometimes, with multiple tabs and windows, the browser just takes over your computer, slowing it to a crawl. When this happens and your computer freezes, the only way out of it is to open your computer's Task Manager or Activity Monitor and force quit and end Chrome's processes. Frustrating.
The cause of this is the allotment of random access memory (RAM). Not to be confused with hard drive memory, RAM is the temporary storage where computers and your open programs quickly access data for instant processing.
Basically, the more RAM you have, the more programs you can have running simultaneously and the more free RAM space you have, the faster your programs will execute.
It's a limited resource, though, and with all the extensions, plugins and the increasing complexity of websites, multiple Chrome instances can quickly gobble up your RAM resources, grinding everything to a halt.
Thankfully, Google is planning on improving Chrome's efficiency with version 55 pegged to be released on December 6.
This update will tweak the JavasScript Engine and according to the V8 team that worked on the optimizations, it "significantly reduced the memory footprint of several websites."
How significant? Overall, they say it is a 50 percent reduction on average. This means you can open more Chrome tabs, browser windows, install more extensions and even have other programs running simultaneously before your computer takes a performance hit.
It will be double the Chrome-ing fun.
Even better, they will also improve Chrome's performance on low-memory devices, such as smartphones with under 512MB of RAM, by putting a priority on memory usage management over latency.
This is exciting news especially for Chrome power users but sadly, December 6 is still a few months away.
Until then, to improve your web surfing experience in the meantime, check out these 7 browser tricks you need to know.
To read Google V8 team's notes on how they are optimizing Chrome 55's memory consumption, click here for their official blog post.