Google and Adobe have teamed up to produce a update to the Chrome internet browser that will prevent the occasionally load-heavy Flash software from auto-running and draining battery power.
The update to Chrome will let users decide how their machine interacts with the software, with three levels of access on offer.
"Adobe Flash allows web pages to display rich content-but sometimes that can put a squeeze on your laptop's battery," said Google's Tommy Li, who is a software engineer and power conservationist.
"So we've been working with Adobe to ensure that your experience on the web can be power-efficient as well as rich and interactive - and today, we're introducing an update to Chrome that does just that."
Li said that the Flash pause feature will be automatically enabled, but that users have the option to disable it or only run it when using battery power.
"When you're on a webpage that runs Flash, we'll intelligently pause content (like Flash animations) that aren't central to the webpage, while keeping central content (like a video) playing without interruption," he explained.
"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."
Chrome beta desktop users will get the update first, before it's rolled out across the wider userbase. Lee explained that this is just one of a series of power improvements that the company will be releasing in the coming months.
"This feature will be enabled by default on Chrome's latest desktop Beta channel release starting today, and will be rolling out soon to everyone else on Chrome desktop," he said.
"We'll be rolling out more power improvements in the coming months - stay tuned!"
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