New version of the browser won’t take up as much memory,
especially on mobile devices, Google programmers promise
A version of Chrome due in a two months will give your PC or phone back some of that precious memory it’s been gobbling up.
Memory is a scarce resource in computing devices, making apps run faster and letting them do more. As websites get more complex and web browsers get more powerful, though, they gobble up more and more memory.
Memory usage reductions are great. But don’t expect that your hardware will be suddenly liberated. Historically, as PCs and phones steadily got more memory, programmers writing apps and websites added new features to take advantage of it.
How much? One aspect called heap memory dropped 50 percent on average; another called zone memory dropped 40 percent. More optimization is in the works especially for lower-end devices with less than a gigabyte of memory.
7 October 2016