Google tweaks Memory Saver
Google tweaks Memory Saver

Google tweaks Memory Saver and tab group features

What To Know

  • The updates focus on improving Safety Check and Memory Saver, along with introducing the capability to save tab groups.
  • The enhanced Safety Check can also revoke permissions for sites you haven’t visited in a while, such as access to location, microphone, or camera.
  • Hovering over a tab in Memory Saver mode provides detailed information about the active tab’s memory usage, including potential savings by making it inactive.
  • Google plans to roll out the security and performance updates this week, while the saved tab groups feature will launch in the coming weeks.

Google Chrome is set to receive new security and performance enhancements in its latest version (M12). The updates focus on improving Safety Check and Memory Saver, along with introducing the capability to save tab groups.

Safety Check, Chrome’s security center responsible for checking updates and compromised passwords, now operates more proactively in the background with the latest version.

Chrome Group Product Manager Sabine Borsay explained that users will receive proactive alerts regarding compromised passwords, potentially harmful extensions, outdated Chrome versions, or site permissions requiring attention. These alerts will appear at the top of Chrome’s three-dot menu.

The enhanced Safety Check can also revoke permissions for sites you haven’t visited in a while, such as access to location, microphone, or camera. It will also notify you when infrequently visited sites bombard you with notifications, suggesting you disable them.

Memory Saver mode, introduced in 2022 and made widely available earlier this year, optimizes memory usage by freeing up resources from unused open tabs. Hovering over a tab in Memory Saver mode provides detailed information about the active tab’s memory usage, including potential savings by making it inactive.

Google has simplified the process of specifying sites to keep active in Memory Saver mode. After updating, users can explore the new options in the Performance section of Chrome’s settings.

Additionally, Chrome will soon enable users to save tab groups. This feature is especially useful for projects with numerous open tabs; users can name, close, and later resume these tab groups.

Google plans to roll out the security and performance updates this week, while the saved tab groups feature will launch in the coming weeks.

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