10 December 2020
Google Chrome has received a new update v87 with some new features and optimizations that are pretty significant to note. As Google has announced via a blog post, the Chrome 87 “represents the largest gain in Chrome performance in years.” Google touts the new version makes Chrome 25 percent faster and it now loads up pages 7 percent faster, all while using less power and less RAM as well.
To make things feel even faster, the newly updated Chrome prioritizes your active tabs vs everything that’s open, thus reducing CPU usage by up to 5x and extending battery life by up to 1.25 hours.
Google has also added a tab search option to the toolbox so that you will be able to see a list of your open tabs – regardless of the window they’re in. When you click on search in the Chrome toolbox, you will see a list of your open tabs. Start typing the word included or the title of the tab and Chrome should present to you that opened tab. The new search button can be found next to the new tab sign. According to Google, this tab search feature will first land on the Chromebooks.
The new update has also unlocked the ability to search directly for any setting from the address bar. Google calls it “Omnibox” and touts it to be the faster way to get things done with just a few keystrokes. As demonstrated via a GIF, you can type “delete my history” or “edit passwords” in the URL, and Chrome will take you directly to the destination. This avoids the trouble that you otherwise takes to reach a particular setting.
Google has also announced that it will soon add more cards to the new tab page in Chrome. Clicking on them will take you to recently-visited and related content on the web and save you time in the process. For now, the cards will focus on things like cooking and shopping, with plans for entertainment cards in the future.