Mac users may have the chance to enjoy Google Chrome without ongoing lags and battery with roll outs in a couple months. But will it be enough to generate permanent movement from Safari?
One of the top laments from Mac users trying to use Google Chrome is the battery drain. Stopping the entire computer from functioning until a force quite doesn't really sale a brand.
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Google noticed. According to Peter Kasting, a Chrome engineer, complaints were finally heard. Apple's Safari runs quicker on the Mac OS, which means Google has to compete with a popular, capable browser. So what did they do?
The Google+ post highlights a few major changes in the system: renders running according to user need instead of program demands and lowering wakeups. Chrome engineers reduced 66% of timer firings and CPU use, placing it on equal ground as Safari.
Former Chrome users may be willing to take another chance after feeling thecompany's listening to the different requirements between Windows and Mac operating systems.
Android users have many options now and Apple users are gaining better options as iPhones and iPads become more and more common place. While Google owns Android, the number of clones or derivatives of the open source for Chrome, like Torch, means a wider audience.
And Apple’s catching up with third party browsers like Opera and Maxathon.
Macs are expensive equipment and feeling the drag opening every tab can be a pain. Plus, waiting for tabs to cycle through can waste precious time. Kasting promised Chrome would continue to debug and restructure where needed, but will users listen?
Well, no one knows for certain since it's currently in beta, but there's a good chance. Working on the CPU usage and battery drain is a good start. TechCrunch's side note about Chrome awareness being interesting brings to mind how much is going on in the backend of the programming as Google loses shares into the market outside of Windows.
Last year, Redmond Magazine said that in the mobile market, Apple's Safari is still leading the way with 48.72 percent, according to Market Watch in any case. Chrome was falling back at 15.79 percent. A low second place.
For desktop usage, Internet Explorer was still a high use thanks to Microsoft packaging. Different sites mark different browsers, but the general consensus is that mobile falls to Safari while Chrome leads in desktop.
But does the company want to bridge the gap?
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And is the Google empire crumbling a little bit as they refuse to bend to the latest technology changes by competitors? It’ll be months before anyone knows for sure, but the changes indicate a company forced to dig into another market a little more forcibly. And Chromium gets first swipe in any case.