Google Chrome users will see a new update available in the form of version 93, bringing more refinements to tab groups while removing support for Ubuntu 16.04.
While there are smaller features coming to Chrome in this update, there are some welcome changes that make tab management even easier, as well as a new context menu on iOS.
However, with browsers such as Opera appearing On Google’s own Chrome OS operating system for Chromebooks, ready for student use, it’s time for Google to see if Chrome’s reputation for being a battery hog can finally be defeated.
What’s new in Google Chrome 93?
There are a few features hidden behind indicators in this version, but they can be activated by entering them in the address bar.
When opening a new tab page, a new section displays previous files you accessed through Google Drive, making it easier to open them without accessing your Drive. This can be activated by entering:
Another new feature lets you open single web pages from previously closed tab groups, instead of restoring the whole group. This is an indicator that can enable this if you are a heavy user of tab groups:
Along with a new context menu in Chrome for iOS, version 93 is a relatively minor update, but it again raises the question of whether it’s time to tackle high memory and battery usage. by Chrome.
Analysis: the elephant-sized battery in the chamber
If you are a regular Google Chrome user, whether on desktop or mobile, its reputation for draining battery life and consuming memory is second to none. After using the browser on a MacBook Air, there are times when you can count the battery percentage when there are more than six tabs open.
Google has certainly made efforts to please its users in recent years, with Android showcasing new features and a new look to better appease those who thought the operating system was starting to age.
While Chrome has seen new features and a refresh to its user interface, it may be time for Google to take a look at why the browser relies so much more on memory and battery than its competitors, rather than showcasing features. hidden behind flags.