Google’s Chrome web browser gets a speed boost. According to a news announcement published today, Google has made several under-the-hood performance improvements to its popular browser, leading to a major new performance milestone for Mac and Android. Collectively, a series of tweaks pushed Chrome up 10% over the course of three months against Apple’s Speedometer 2.1 browser benchmark, Google says.
The changes include a range of tweaks, from improved caching to better memory management, the company notes. This includes things like improved caching and better memory management. While not everyone will care about the technical details of how the speed improvements were achieved, many will like to see their browsers speed up.
Despite complaints from users over the years about Chrome’s growing sluggishness, Google’s browser still takes off with a large majority of the web browser’s market share. For example, according to Statcounter’s March 2023 stats, Chrome garners 64.8% of the global market share, while its closest rival, Safari, is just 19.5% across all platforms. On the desktop alone, Chrome’s share is even higher at 65.8%, followed by 11.12% for Edge and 10.91% for Safari.
In a blog post, Google explained exactly what kind of adjustments it has made to reach the new milestone.
If none of these details matter to you, at least one of the improvements Google has made will also benefit WebKit, the browser engine developed by Apple and used in Safari, and will also be included in that engine. That means even more web browser users can see improvements, not just Chrome users.