lower consumption, more speed and important changes in Android.
Today is the day Chrome 85 arrives, and we bring you the main news of the new version of the Google browser. Among them, we are going to find a new step for the browser to consume fewer resources, and a very important change in the Android version, which becomes 64-bit.
In addition, the Google browser is also beginning to prepare for a future in which the address bar does not show the full URL, and we will also tell you some other news in this version. There are not many novelties, but there are some striking ones.
Lower consumption for background tabs
Chrome has always been a bit greedy on resources, and one of the solutions may be not to open too many tabs. But sometimes when you are working you have to do it with several tabs open and others in the background, which can be a problem. Well, the ones you leave in the background will now consume much less with one of the novelties of Chrome 85.
From now on, background tabs will be limited to a maximum of only 1% of CPU time. Also, they can only “wake up” once a minute to do tasks like reloading the page. Chrome will consider tabs as inactive when they have not been used for more than 5 minutes, and it will begin to apply these limits to them.
Chrome for Android becomes 64-bit
Android has been supporting 64-bit applications for 6 years, and today the main processors are already 64-bit, so the reason for keeping Chrome as a 32-bit application was above all to maintain compatibility with older devices Although Apple has been forcing all apps to be 64-bit for several years now.
Well, Chrome on Android will now also become 64-bit, which will make it possible to take better advantage of the large amount of RAM of higher-end devices, and it might help to slightly improve your speed. You should not worry about incompatibilities, since if Google has waited so long, it has been to make sure that no one is left behind.
The disappearance of full URLs begins
Look in your browser bar. You will see that the full web address appears, with its https: // included. Well then, this will soon stop looking like this in chrome, which pretends to start hiding full URLs unless you click on it in the browser bar. The first step has been to launch two Chrome flags to hide them.
The flags are chrome: // flags / # omnibox-ui-reveal-steady-state-url-path-query-and-ref-on-hover and chrome: // flags / # omnibox-ui-hide-steady-url -path-query-and-ref-on-interaction, and when activated, in your browser bar you will see only SamaGame.com. Activating this function is the first step, so that you can start testing and reporting errors, and over time they will end up being implemented in the browser natively.
Other new features in Chrome 85
- Chrome 85 will load pages 10% faster on Mac and Windows. This is made possible by Profile Guided Optimization (PGO).
- Support is here to decode AVIF content natively, a format standardized by the Alliance for Open Media, such as AV1 for video.
- Downloads of EXE, APK and other executable files in HTTP over HTTPS, on macOS, Windows, Linux and Chrome OS will begin to be blocked.
- Shortcuts for webapps on Windows, just like Chrome 84 for Android. This will allow you to create shortcuts for progressive web applications loaded in Chrome.
- A vulnerability in the WebGL API that made it possible to inject code into the browser, forcing a memory error, has been resolved.
- When you drag a file to a tab, it will no longer open, thus avoiding unintended interruptions to your workflow. The file will open in a new tab.
- Windows support for getInstalledRelatedApps (), so that a website can know if you have its native Windows application installed and open the content there.
- Websites can start sending data even if content continues to be generated, an improvement for developers for better performance and memory usage.
- The Portals are activated, so that a website can include another website inserted natively.