Google Chrome Version 55 to Hit Markets in December

Google will launch the latest edition of Chrome this December. Version 55 is expected to solve the high memory usage of the earlier Chrome application which used to render it slow and power-inefficient. The installation of a new V8 JavaScript engine in the latest version is expected to deliver fast operations and enhanced battery life to the user.

The new version is designed keeping in mind the need for optimization of memory usage, especially on devices with less than 4GB RAM. Mobile devices will also speedup, thanks to the new V8 JavaScript engine that the Chrome Version 55 will come equipped with. For users with a desktop memory of 8GB or more, the difference will not be so noticeable. Technically, changes are being made to reduce the JavaScript engine heap size.

The way the architecture works is that there is a trade-off between garbage throughput, latency and memory consumption. In this case, garbage collections will happen more frequently while using less slack, enabling a faster browser. Parsed scripts will also be removed from the JavaScript engine to enhance the speed. The idea is to better the performance of devices especially with less than 1 GB of memory; that is where true results can be expected to show up.

The need was felt when research indicated that Chrome has a major memory problem. The test was conducted by Verge and evaluated the time of operation of a MacBook Pro when operating Chrome versus Apple Safari. The difference in battery consumption was found to be significant, with Google-Chrome operated MacBook lasting 9 hours 45 minutes, whereas Safari-operated MacBook staying in operation for 13 hours, 18 minutes. The Version 55 release is expected to cut this power usage by 50%.

While the general release is slated for December 6, a Beta version will be available for download, albeit with a few probable bugs. Post the release, Google shall come up with ongoing add-on releases for memory optimization. Version 54 was recently released which involved some bug-fixes for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Google Chrome has a current desktop browser market share of 54% according to Net Applications making it the most preferred browser. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is at second position with 25% market share.

This article was originally published on Read IT Quik

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