Users can expect to run Chrome version 55 sometime by the end of this year in December. With Google claiming to make significant changes, users are expected to have an improved and efficient experience with the newest version

Chrome, a famous web browser by Google, will soon go through huge improvements in terms of memory usage beginning from the version 55. This version will hit Chrome’s stable channel, on version 53 currently, sometime in the month of December.

Chrome has been ill-reputed in past for using big chunks of the system memory for different speed hacks such as pre-rendering of websites and separate threads for every task. It looks like Google is well-aware of this problem and is now working on coming up with a few changes in handling of memory which will directly result in huge reduction of memory consumption for the tasks related to websites’ JavaScript.

Recently, Google announced some changes to V8, a part of browser that is responsible for the handling of JavaScript. Google has measured changes in newest version with current version and has found it to be using around 50% less memory in the peak scenarios for newest version. Google has divided improvements into 2 categories:

JavaScript Heap Size Reduction

The company has improved upon their already existing JavaScript Heap Garbage Collector and has revised heuristics for allowing more strict collection of garbage. It will enable the devices with lower memory to reduce an overall memory footprint since JavaScript has proved itself to be a big part of the memory usage in tests by Google. The company has tested the improvements through visiting popular webpages with both versions and the test results have shown a significant decrease in memory usage with the newest version.

Zone Memory Reduction

As per Google, a major improvement in terms of Zone Memory emerges from reduction of memory consumption during the background parsing. Google noticed that parser would keep the zones alive for a longer duration than necessary therefore, the engineers at Google changed the duration and it resulted in reduction of peak and average memory usage in the browser.

What does it offer for common users?

Stepping away from the technical jargon, a common user will see considerably less usage of memory while browsing through Chrome’s version 55. The less consumption of memory is result in a better battery life along with an overall improvement of user experience for Mobile and Desktop users both.