Chrome is getting smarter, could point out noisy browser tabs soon

February 26, 2013
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If you’ve ever gotten frustrated with Chrome trashing tabs you are actively using due to low memory, Google may have found a way to fix that problem in its latest Chromium build.

Spotted by Fran├žois Beaufort, the new feature in the latest Chromium build is an EQ animation that plays over the┬ánoisy┬átab’s favicon. It will serve as a way to keep active tabs running when the system is out of memory. In other words, Chrome is becoming smarter; it won’t shut down the tabs that are actively in use.

According to The Verge who took the feature for a test run, it works with standard audio files and HTML5, but it does not work with Adobe’s Flash Player, which means it may be a while before we see this feature go live. As The Verge‘s Jeff Blagdon notes, it’ll be a great day when those tabs abruptly playing audio can be found by simply looking for the EQ animation.

Image credit: Paul Wilcox

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