Google makes Chrome up to 15% faster on Windows, could relocate search bar in Chrome for Android


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Google has been working hard to keep its ubiquitous Chrome browser as lean and fast as possible. Just last month it shared some upcoming enhancements that will dramatically reduce the amount of RAM used, courtesy of an updated JavaScript V8 engine in Chrome 55. While the latter is still in beta, Google today detailed other optimizations it has been quietly working on, namely implementing Microsoft's Profile Guided Optimization.

The latter is a feature of Microsoft’s Visual Studio developer tools that measures how users interact with an application. The most often used functions are then optimized by PGO, sometimes increasing their binary size, and optimizing the memory location of the browser code so that those functions can be kept in the CPU’s fast instruction cache.

PGO was implemented first with the Chrome 53 release of 64-bit Chrome, followed by version 54 of 32-bit Chrome. Google claims it’s seen startup times improved by 17%, new tab page load times by almost 15%, and overall page load times by 6%.

You can read more about how PGO works in here.

In related news, Google is currently testing a usability-focused design change in the Canary release of Chrome for Android that moves moves the search bar to the bottom of the screen. The change currently has to be manually enabled through a Chrome flag and is intended to improve one hand use for people with large smartphones.

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"startup times increased by 17%, new tab page load times by almost 15%, and overall page load times by 6%"

So you saying it's actually slower? :D

Fabio Turati

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"Google claims it’s seen startup times increased by 17%, new tab page load times by almost 15%, and overall page load times by 6%."
I think you want to replace "increased" with "improved", otherwise it looks like the result of these optimizations is that Chrome takes longer to load.


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Damn shame when CHROME runs better than Explorer and Edge.

Chrome also runs better than Safari.

I personally prefer TORCH so I can download video clips at will.


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The only way Chrome will run better is if they take the gerbil off the wheel and replace it with one of those rats from New York.


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Oh and when you use the help screen or report an issue to Google by going to the 3 dots in the upper right hand corner and down to help and report an issue remember to address then at Google as oompa loompas.


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Okay, the first thing is don't move the address bar. let people add lines to the address bar above.
1st line>>>> address bar (default)
2nd I want to see as many and have as many extensions, mostly important extensions across the top that I need on this line. maybe a 3rd line too for more of these non-important extensions. I want to see as many as I can. I turn them off and on when needed.
4th line last line you choose if you want 3 or 4. bookmarks bar goes here. simply try it I bet people will love. also when you want the best browser call me. I will show you a browser no one can touch.
one last thing, if you want to Chrome to work faster, do this. I did it the other day and had 47 tabs up, I have Onetab and Panic also, BUT the Great Suspender works the best. First, go to temp and prefetch and clean those out. then go to %temp% and do the same. next, install The Great Suspender extension if you have a windows OS, app if Android. now set TGS to close tabs at one minute, wish they had the choice of 2,3,4 mins. So I could tweak Chrome.