Microsoft posted a video a while back showing benchmark tests to prove that it’s edge browser is more battery friendly that any other browser. Microsoft had a special place for Google’s Chrome in it’s heart and started sending out notifications to Windows 10 users telling them Chrome was draining their battery. Now Google has posted a video of it’s own.
This above, is Microsoft’s video using surface books. Google has made a similar video however Google doesn’t compare it’s Chrome to other browsers, but to a previous version of Chrome itself. That’s a subtle hint that the only competition to Chrome is Chrome itself. Okay, yes, that’s reading too much into it. And we know what the Microsoft fanboys are going to say about Google not pitting Chrome against Edge. Here’s the video Google posted on its blog :
Google compares last year’s Chrome 46 and the just-launched Chrome 53. The result shows the newer browser (conveniently running on Surface Books, like in Microsoft’s clip) offering 2 hours and 12 minutes of additional runtime when streaming Vimeo footage non-stop. It lasted a healthy 10 hours and 39 minutes, which might be enough to get through your favorite movie trilogy. And its not just on Windows, Chrome for Mac now uses 33 percent less power for everything from videos and images to simple page scrolling.
Just as with Microsoft, though, you won’t want to accept the results at face value. This isn’t an apples-to-oranges comparison — Google and Microsoft are using different video services, and Microsoft also touches on web surfing power consumption that isn’t mentioned here. They’re both choosing tests that play to their browsers’ strengths, and your real-life experience is bound to produce different results in both cases. The only definitive conclusion is that the latest Chrome release is more battery-friendly than the version you were using several months ago.
Opera had already responded to Microsoft’s results by conducting it’s own benchmarks. Google has come out now, we’ll see if Mozilla comes out with its own tests too. But for the moment, choosing the best power-efficient browser still comes down to the most popular names on the market, which include Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and Mozilla Firefox.