Google's latest update to the Chrome browser will give users up to 25 percent more battery life, the company has claimed.
The update uses GPU-accelerated video decoding to divert most of the power being used during video playback to a computers graphics processor. Google says the method increases battery life by allowing computers to use less CPU computing power during video playback.
"In our tests, the battery lasted 25 percent longer when GPU-accelerated video decoding was enabled," said Google software engineer Ami Fischman in a blog post.
"Now Chrome users on Windows will experience longer battery life so they don't get cut off while watching their favourite YouTube video on repeat."
While the extended battery life sounds great, it should be noted that it only works for Windows users with dedicated GPUs. If you're a notebook user using a GPU that shares its processing power you are out of luck.
In addition to the extended battery life, the Chrome update also comes with Do Not Track support. The controversial feature inserts a line of code into the browser which allows users to send a message to websites telling them that they don't want to be tracked by cookies.
Do Not Track was announced for Chrome last September but only became official with the latest update.
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