Google has said that it is working to make its Chrome for Mac web browser more efficient, admitting that Safari is better when it comes to preserving battery life.
Google earlier this month announced a new feature that detects and shuts down any unnecessary Flash content on a web page in order to make Chrome more battery efficient, and the firm now has its sights set on pleasing Mac users.
Senior Chrome engineer Peter Kasting said in a post on Google+: "One of the big complaints about Chrome currently is that it's a battery hog, especially on Mac where Safari seems to do better."
In order to fix this well-documented issue, Kasting said that Google will tweak how Chrome renders background tabs. Until now, to this point, all tabs are rendered with the same priority, but moving forward, Chrome will prioritize foreground tabs.
The Chrome team is also working to reduce the CPU usage associated with Google web searches, with Kasting noting that the firm has managed reduce processor use up to 70 percent for certain tasks on Chrome for Mac.
Kasting added: "The Chrome team has no intention of sitting idly by (pun intended) when our users are suffering. You should expect us to continually improve in this area."
These changes are expected to hit the beta version of Chrome is about six weeks.
While this is good news for Chrome for Mac users, some are still not happy, and have quizzed Kasting as to whether the firm will do more to fix the browser's notorious RAM-hogging issue.
"Very good. The complaint I've heard more often however is around perceived excessive RAM usage," one user posted on Google+.
Another added: "Would be nice to read something about RAM optimisations since my laptop with only 2GB RAM suffers badly from this."
However, Google confirmed during a Reddit AMA last month that this is on its list of priorities, saying: "We are profiling Chrome to improve our start-up speed and proactively fighting memory bloat and memory leaks.
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