Google’s Chrome browser has undergone several under-the-hood improvements that have led to a significant performance increase on both Mac and Android platforms. Google announced in a news release that a series of tweaks have resulted in a 10% increase on Apple’s Speedometer 2.1 browser benchmark over three months.
Some of the changes made to the browser include improved caching and better memory management. These improvements have contributed to the overall speed boost. Google acknowledges that not all users may be interested in the technical details surrounding how the speed improvements were achieved. However, many users will be pleased to have a faster browsing experience.
Despite user complaints about the sluggishness of the Chrome browser over the years, it still has a significant market share. According to Statcounter’s March 2023 statistics, Chrome has 64.8% of the global market share, while Safari, its closest rival, has only 19.5% across all platforms. Chrome’s market share on desktops is considerably greater, at 65.8%, followed by Edge (11.12) and Safari (10.11%).
One of Google’s updates will benefit WebKit, the Apple-developed browser engine used in Safari. This will be incorporated into the engine, so more web browser users in addition to Chrome users will gain from these advancements.