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Google touts battery saving GPU acceleration in Chrome 23

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Wed Nov 07 2012, 15:32
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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google has updated its Chrome web browser to enable GPU video decoding for users running Microsoft Windows.

Google has been toying with GPU acceleration of video for some time and Chrome 23 marks the first time it has brought h.264 video acceleration to its stable channel client. The firm said that Chrome 23 will give users longer battery life, claiming that the Lenovo T400 laptop achieved a 25 percent increase in battery life with the GPU accelerated video.

Google has also made it easier to grant different levels of permissions on a website-by-website basis including access to specific plugins, location data and whether the browser loads Javascript. The firm also cited an option to enable 'do not track' requests to websites, however it admits that websites have to support it for the setting to have any effect.

Google's decision to embrace GPU acceleration in Chrome is, so far, limited to Windows clients, however the firm has rolled out similar GPU acceleration for Flash video previously to Chrome web browsers on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux clients. While the company might have gotten a 25 percent increase in battery life on a single laptop configuration, mileage will vary depending on a number of factors, not least of all the GPU itself.

As with just about every Chrome release, the firm is rolling out Chrome 23 as a silent update to existing users. µ

 

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