OPERA web browser adds new power saving mode with the firm boasting better battery life than Google’s popular Chrome.
Chrome is by far the world’s most popular web browser.
In fact, a recent survey revealed that almost 50% of desktop web traffic comes from the Google-owned browser.
Now one of Chrome’s rivals is fighting back with a claim that it can make your laptop’s battery last a lot longer.
Opera says its new power saving mode brings users several hours more browsing before they need to recharge their laptop.
The power saving mode works by reducing activity in background tabs, automatically pausing unused plug-ins and pausing the animations of browser themes.
Once the laptop’s power cable is unplugged, the battery icon will appear next to the search and address field in the Opera browser.
Users can then click on the battery icon to activate the power saving mode.
The browser will also suggest you enable power saving mode when your laptop reaches 20% remaining battery capacity.
Opera says they tested their new web browser by loading 11 popular websites including YouTube.
Each page was opened in separate tab, without closing previous ones, and was scrolled 5 times, then left alone for a minute.
The test was repeated until the laptop ran out of battery completely with latest version of the firm’s browser able to run 50% longer than rivals such as Google Chrome.
In a statement on their blog page Paweł Miniewicz said: “The results from testing the power saving feature in this developer release show very promising results.
“In our test, designed to reflect the way people use browsers in real life, the latest Opera developer version was able to run 50% longer than browsers like Google Chrome on a laptop running Windows 10, 64-bit.