Google Chrome 46 to include Mac-specific changes, reduce memory consumption, boost performance

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Date: Friday, August 21st, 2015, 09:08
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If the current builds of the Chrome web browser have been driving you mildly nuts, Google might have some fixes on the way.

A test build of Google’s forthcoming Chrome 46 makes substantial improvements to the performance of the Web browser on the Mac.

The build appears to halve Chrome’s memory consumption, and make formely slow tabs much faster. At the same time, the browser also appears to consume fewer CPU and power resources.

The fixes are part of a wider effort to stamp out bugs, improve Javascript performance and provide better support for graphics on the Mac. Google has also been working on porting a Chrome OS feature called tab discarding, which can force a tab to “sleep” if memory is running out.

Chrome 46 is available through Google’s daily release development program, which allows users to test new versions of the browser that are still in development.

If you’ve tried the early builds of Chrome 46 and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

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