The battery saving tendency could be significant in the current scenario and the search engine has reportedly been able to save about two hours of battery life in a test that had 36 background tabs with a blank foreground tab. These are surely extreme conditions but are still not far-fetched. Even the results could not be called as very dramatic when a YouTube video was played but the test still managed to add 36 minutes of runtime.
However, the feature is only available as a flag in the early versions of the Chrome 86 but it is expected to be available for all the desktop and mobile versions. But it cannot be said if it would be ready by the time the new version of the Chrome gets ready to be out and is ready for mass adoption. This means that there is also a chance that the feature could be scrapped altogether.
But if we continue to look towards the positive side and the feature manages to ship, then it would be a relief for many laptop users who have been cribbing about the problem since long. Meanwhile other giants like Microsoft and Apple have always had advantages over the Chrome and they could continue to remain as the lead. But the gap would be reduced.
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