Chrome for Android is updated; release 52 reduces the drain on your battery and more



No one likes a battery draining app. That is why Google has sent out an update for Chrome for Android that reduces the browser's appetite for power. Release 52 is "smoother, loads faster and consumes less battery," according to Google. Videos will start right away instead of making you sit through a little pause, and your battery life will show improvement.

Videos will now work on Data Saver Mode, which will allow you to use only 50% of the data that you would normally burn to watch a particular video. However, with that mode enabled you will be viewing a "lightweight" version of the clip.

Google tells us that over one billion hours of video is viewed on Chrome each week, with many of those hours spent watching on mobile devices. To improve the experience, Google has prepared this update for Android users. If release 52 hasn't hit your phone, you can go to the Google Play Store and tap on the hamburger menu in the top left corner. Click on My apps & games, and scroll down to see if the Chrome update has arrived. If it has, tap on the screen to install it.

If you want to see some of the improvements that this update is bringing to Chrome's Android users, click on the video at the top of the story.

source: Google

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15 Comments

1. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Good, as this is the main reason I hated chrome for mobile...too drainy!

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Drainy and bloated. Chrome is a resource hog.

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

How would you truely know? You hate everything Google and has nothing good to say about them except to troll them at every opportunity. I use Chrome, Firefox and Opera. I realize they are good for different types of task. Because difference website are coded with different tools. Some browser are better at the respective site. I like Opera when viewing my stock market site with my mobile. Firefox for legacy website. Chrome for general purposes. Good for those that just want things to work, not the optimal experience but works.

15. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

He's had a MXPE and he blames the world because he didn't get 6.0.1 and is stuck on a bug-free 6.0. I use a Chrome, because all my passwords are saved on it along with bookmarks. Two things I've been waiting for on Chrome: extension support for mobile and UI customization (like Opera) so that I can surf with a bar on the bottom edge instead of the top (as bottom is easier for one handed usage).

2. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Chrome consumes about 20-30% more battery compared to stock browsers in Samsung devices and safari in iOS. If they really fixed that, it would be awesome.

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

But Chrome is more feature-rich and has more 3rd party support than Samsung's Browser.

7. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

It's quite the opposite actually. Samsung browser supports stuff like Fingerprint authentication, adblock and runs faster. Chrome has its benefits too like chrome custom tabs, bookmark syncing etc. I used to use the best of both worlds. When I need the bookmarks, I used chrome and custom tabs in other apps. But for those long browsing sessions, I chose Samsung browser.

8. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Use YuBrowser. Based on Chrome but has more features and better optimization.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7533; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Yubrowser developers 防盗铅封. Enough said.

3. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I'm using a CAF Chromium based one. Hasn't been updated in MONTHS, so hearing news like this is awesome.

5. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Samsung browser is the best It gets 515/555 in html5test and higher scores in sunspider/kraken

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Install tugapower browser. You're welcome.

9. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Does that get updated regularly? I remember I wanted to try it but I stuck with R browser instead.

10. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Yes it does get updates regularly and it's great.

11. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Yes it does get updates regularly and it's great.

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