Google will address long-standing battery life issues, particularly on Mac devices, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Chrome will improve “tab throttling” by better prioritizing active tabs and limiting resource drain from tabs open in the background. This is said to have a “dramatic impact on battery and performance.” Google has reportedly been performing early tests on Mac laptops in particular.

“This is an ongoing investment in improvements to speed, performance and battery life,” said Max Christoff, director of Chrome browser engineering. Chrome has previously been criticized for poor use of RAM, battery draining, and privacy concerns.

In May, Google set out plans to improve Chrome battery toll by blocking resource-heavy ads. Chrome will also limit the resources that an ad can use before the user interacts with it. In addition to this, Chrome will soon be updated with new optimization that will allow the most performance-critical parts of the software to run even faster.

Google is currently experimenting with the changes, with the intention of releasing the optimizations and improvements to Chrome in a stable release towards the end of August.

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