Google Chrome remains the most widely used browser globally with about 34.6% share on mobile and 55.7% market share on desktop. However, Microsoft has proved that Google Chrome isn’t so friendly with your laptop’s battery. In a recent test carried out by Microsoft, it was shown that Google Chrome actually has the worst battery management capability of all popular web browsers.
Microsoft performed a test with four similar Surface Books streaming media from four different web browsers. The test was timed and the computer running Google Chrome was the first to give up the ghost after 4 hours and 19 minutes.
The next to die was the machine running Firefox which lasted for 5 hours and 9 minutes. Opera has been working on a battery saving feature and this seems to be quite effective as the machine running the browser lasted 6 hours and 18 minutes.
Microsoft Edge took the crown. The machine running it didn’t shut down till after 7 hours and 22 minutes, giving it about 3 more solid hours of use over Google Chrome
In another controlled lab test carried out to measure power consumption for each of the browsers, four identical machines running the four popular browsers were automated to carry out exactly the same processes like surfing the same sites.The test also showed that Chrome, Opera, and Firefox all consume more battery than Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft is trying to convince people to use its browser, but apart from this great battery management, the browser still has a lot of catching up to do with the rest. Lack of extension is one of the reasons a lot of people are yet to adopt it, unavailability on mobile platforms like Android and iOS is another.