Google also said that in addition to using memory smartly, the new version is now more efficient at discarding it well. “Chrome now reclaims up to 100MiB per tab, which is more than 20% on some popular sites, by discarding memory that the foreground tab is not actively using, such as big images you’ve scrolled off screen. Chrome is also shrinking its memory footprint in background tabs on macOS, something we’ve been doing on other platforms for a while. We’re seeing up to 8% memory savings, which is more than 1GiB in some cases!”, said Google in a blogpost.
The latest Android devices (Android Q+ and 8GB+ of RAM) will have Chrome that’s 64-bit binary, which is claimed to load pages up to 8.5% faster and make scrolling 28% smoother.
Another new feature is the Freeze-dried Tabs on Android, designed and implemented to make Android start up faster. Google Chrome will now use this feature– essentially a saved version of tabs that support scrolling, zooming and tapping on links, and have sizes close to that of screenshot — while the actual tab is loading in the background to load up pages faster.