Let the Browser Battery Wars begin
While that certainly helped, especially since organizations and companies like Mozilla or Opera had to improve their engines as well to provide users with a similar experience, it put other features such as customization or control on the backburner.
Nowadays, focus seems to have switched to battery live. The past couple of months has seen Microsoft release a battery comparison that saw Edge coming in first and Chrome last, and Opera Software shipping its browser with a battery saver mode that the company claims beats other browsers.
And now it is Google's time to claim that battery life in Chrome 53 has improved significantly over previous versions of the browser.
Google demonstrates the improvement with a comparison video that pits Chrome 46 released in 2015 against Chrome 53 released in 2016 against each other.
In that video, the device running Chrome 46 dies after 8:27 hours of playing a Vimeo video while the identical device running Chrome 53 dies after 10:39 hours or 2:12 hours longer.
Google did not test Chrome 53 against other browsers.Â If you remember Microsoft's tests, it did use Surface Books for the testing as well. The company's browser Edge came in first with 7:22 hours of battery time while Chrome came in last with 4:19 hours.
The tests cannot be compared with each other, as different videos were used in the tests.
Update: Microsoft released an update battery test that showed the improvements made in the Anniversary Update compared to the Fall 2015 update.
Additionally, Microsoft compared Edge against Chrome and came to the result that Edge is more efficient than Chrome (and Opera and Firefox).
The company created a new side by side comparison which Edge one against the other browsers.
It seems clear that battery time is the new battleground for browser developers, with each claiming the coveted "best in class" spot for themselves.
Playing a video non-stop until the battery dies is probably not the best "real world" test that one could come up with to test battery life. Most users are probably not using their mobile devices to play videos non stop.
What's missing is an independent test that pits all major browsers using default configurations against each other in real-world scenarios.
While one browser may very well be more optimized than others, it is clear that all users will benefit from this new battleground eventually. Browser developers will start pushing improvements to better their software's battery life; a process that has already started.
Now You: Do you care about battery life?
Google should give us also the result of its tests about how long people are chance to survive or kill someone using their android phones while driving. Poor children in the back watching their videos thinking to the life of their battery instead of theirs.
I DO care about battery life, but I think they are making tests on the wrong devices…
nowadays everybody – or almost – has internet on their phones and therefor they go to facebok or twitter from there. do you know how weird you feel like going on a train, with your laptop open? people staring at you like if you were some addict? they are testing browser battery efficiency on laptops, do you really think someone would buy a laptop specifically for going around visiting google or something?
if the motive is to go to internet, even my old 10 year phone can do that… and still the battery will last for the entire week. why would I use a laptop to do it? that’s why I think they are testing the wrong devices, laptops are vanishing, on the last 2 years I saw a lot of friends and known people selling their laptop for a relatively cheap price and buying a desktop + a tablet/smartphone – even on stores, some stores already do this: desktop + smarthphone/tablet; smatphone/tablet deals.
nowadays tablets become each time more like a computer and I believe in like 10 years it won’t justify to buy a laptop – I am saying crap, it already does not justifies to buy a laptop – it will be more worth buying a tablet – it’s smaller, as powerful as a laptop, games, programs… only big difference is you use your finger…
and it’s not only me who says this, if you watch a lot of sci-fi films about the future like me, you already noticed there are no laptops, you always see desktop and tablets, most of them not even use phones, they use tablets as a phone – which is already a reality nowadays – or they use something like a smarwatch. I believe laptops will vanish during the next 10 years, and phones during next 15, traded by smartwatches or tablets. actually I know 1 person that uses a tablet instead of a phone, and I think this is the area they should be testing, not laptops, they should do this kind of improvements on their mobile platforms like android and iOS, which are the future, right now they are focusing on a “pre-dead” platform.
“right now they are focusing on a “pre-dead” platform”
So you are saying that my Laptop is an Electronic Zombie. Should I be frightened ? How do I kill it ! :-)
I’m pretty sure he’s saying [only?] zombies go to facebook (not a surprise, really). I don’t go there myself–guess I’m not “everyone”. Maybe zombies can’t use real computers? Too complicated? (Meh.)
what I am saying is that laptops are not dead, but are not alive either… you are taking this like if it was like a joke or something, but think about it, how’s the technology world going? what areas are companies like Nvidea, AMD or even intel focusing more on? what has the most -buy rate during the passed couple of years? things like that… clearly laptops are not the winners LOL. and when things like this happen, well, usually they just… die…vanish… that’s why you have a thing called dead projects, or discontinued projects, as you may prefer. everything reaches a point it can’t adapt anymore, and laptops can’t do it anymore… that’s why each day it passes you have smaller objects, like the creation of laptops – created because desktop PC’s can’t addapt to mobility. I think you are smart enough to get the point… it’s like nature’s evolution process: you can’t adapt, your species die. that’s the ultimate rule nature imposes to all forms of like, rule which is also imposed to all the things we – and other species – create.
> This started with the release of Google Chrome, and Google’s initial focus on speed. While that certainly helped, especially since organizations and companies like Mozilla or Opera had to improve their engines as well to provide users with a similar experience
It’s misleading because the one has nothing to do with the other.
Then came Chrome, and the focus changed quickly. Yes, nowadays things have changed but back then things were different.
Chrome is arguably the browser with the least customization options out there when it started. Heck, even Internet Explorer supported things like toolbars which Google’s browser did not and still does not.
Their focus was on other things, and while they surely put some thought into the UI and had a dedicated team working on it, the result was a browser that gave users less customization options.
Many users seem to like it, so from a marketing point of view that was probably a good decision.
All these tests to prove how long a battery lasts. Duracell does exactly the same in TV adverts for torch, toy, etc., batteries.
Remember that these “proofs” are written and recorded by Marketing personnel.
Marketing departments are renowned for telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth about products. :-)
I just use my clamshell phone to talk when I’m away from home. At home I use my laptop there 95% of the time, and it’s plugged in to A.C.. So battery concerns are certainly legitimate, but not my worry.