Opera set to sing longer
By Digital News Asia May 17, 2016
- Windows 10 devices last 49 percent longer
- Feature will need to be turned on manually
BROWSER maker Opera Software has come out again with the news of one more built-in feature after recent announcements of an ad blocker and a VPN client. The company has now added a power saving mode to its desktop browser.
It is currently available only in the developer version of the browser. Opera's SVP of engineering Krystian Kolondra said that the new feature "can increase the battery life by as much as 50 percent."
The company claims that such gains are possible through a number of additional optimisations including "reducing activity from background tabs, adapting page-redrawing frequency, and tuning video-playback parameters."
Opera says that a laptop running Windows 10 64-bit with the power saving feature enabled lasts 49 percent longer than one with Chrome under the same test conditions. The testing was done with Opera’s built-in ad blocking turned on. This could explain some of the massive performance gains.
The new feature will not be enabled by default. A blue battery icon will appear next to the browser's address bar whenever the power cable is unplugged. The browser will also suggest turning on power saving mode when the battery is running low.
The new updates come following a reported US $1.2 billion for the browser maker from a consortium of Chinese firms.
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