Google in partnership with Adobe, has added a rather nifty update to its Chrome browser, that essentially makes flash content on its browser to “intelligently” pause needless content that eventually saves precious battery life. The new update automatically detects when a content not directly related to a page is playing, without interrupting playback of important video and audio. According to the Chrome team, this new feature “significantly reduces power consumption”.
Meanwhile, in case the feature fails to recognize important content and pauses it, Google says users can resume playback with just a click on the content option to resume playback.
“When you’re on a Web-page that runs Flash, we’ll intelligently pause content (like Flash animations) that aren’t central to the Web-page, while keeping central content (like a video) playing without interruption. If we accidentally pause something you were interested in, you can just click it to resume playback. This update significantly reduces power consumption, allowing you to surf the web longer before having to hunt for a power outlet,” explains Google in a blog post.
As of now, the feature is only available on Chrome’s beta build, though will be rolled out soon on the regular desktop version. Google furthet said that this new feature would be enabled by default, while users will have the option to manually turn the function on/off in the browser’s content settings page by selecting “Detect and run important plug-in content.”
Up until now, Chrome only had the option to either allow all plug-ins on a particular webpage or stop all of them for all pages. In addition, the company also said that “more power improvements” will be rolled in the near future.
Meanwhile, Google also uploaded the remaining Chrome for Android source code to its Chromium repository last month, that’ll allow third party developers to build an open source browser based on Chrome for Android.