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One of the most talked about issues regarding Google Chrome is its memory consumption, with the popular browser often taking more than its fair share of RAM just to display a few webpages. In the latest version of Chrome, Google is finally attempting to rectify this issue and make the browser more efficient to use across a wide range of devices.
In Chrome 45, Google has implemented a new garbage collection system that attempts to clean up unused memory in idle tabs. This new system reduces RAM usage by around 10% on average, but Google saw even greater reductions (up to 25%) in complex web apps such as Gmail.
Google also wants to make opening Chrome a much faster experience, and they're achieving this by prioritizing the restoration of your most recently viewed tabs after you launch the browser. Only users who have set their browser to "continue where you left off" will see these improvements, but it should make the process of returning to browsing much faster.
If your computer doesn't have enough memory available to restore all of your tabs, Chrome will now pause the restoration process for some of the least used tabs, allowing users to click-to-restore them when they actually want to access them at a later date.
This new version of Chrome also brings Google's improved Flash management system that pauses any flash content not critical to the webpage, such as Flash ads or unnecessary animations. Google will enable this setting by default for all users over the next few weeks, and the change should translate into up to 15% better battery life.
Chrome 45 is now available to download for desktop users, and those with automatic updates enabled should find themselves already running the updated web browser.