Google Highlights Recent Speed Improvements Made to Chrome on Mac

Google today shared details on several optimizations that have been added to the Chrome browser on the Mac, which have made the browser "faster than ever" on Apple's Speedometer browser benchmark.

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Google says that with the latest release of Chrome, the company went "deep under the hood" to find new opportunities to increase speed and efficiency. Google implemented improved HTML parsing for select CSS and JavaScript functions, and added more efficient pointer compression.

Optimizations were made to how pointers are compressed and decompressed, with Google avoiding compressing high-traffic fields. With the frequency of those operations, there was a notable impact on performance. Frequently accessed objects like JavaScript's "undefined" were also moved to the beginning of memory bases, which allows them to be accessed using faster machine code.

These changes have improved Chrome's speed on Apple's Speedometer 2.1 browser benchmark by 10 percent over the last three months. Google Chrome for Mac can be downloaded from the Google website.

Top Rated Comments

Cromulent Avatar
8 weeks ago
I switched over to Firefox recently. I doubt I'll change browsers anytime soon.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
topdrawer Avatar
8 weeks ago
i have no issues with safari.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
benbusch Avatar
8 weeks ago
Firefox is the only browser that matters.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
greenbreadmmm Avatar
8 weeks ago

I’ve been very disappointed in Safari recently. It’s the only thing that slows down my m1 mba.

Every time I hop over to chrome I find it fast and refreshing.
I've had hangs for months on Safari and finally thought to disable private relay. Night n day better
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
STOCK411 Avatar
8 weeks ago
it took Google like 15 years, to make chrome not run like poop on a mac.. Or fry your legs when having more than 10 tabs open.... lol
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LeeW Avatar
8 weeks ago
Still prefer it over Safari.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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