Opera claims its new power-saving mode can extend battery life by up to 50 per cent compared to Google Chrome.
Opera has released a number of improvement to its web browser in the last couple of months. It added an ad blocker to its latest release in May, and added a virtual private network to its developer version in April. Now, the developer version has a "low-power mode."
The browser prompts users to activate low-power mode when battery capacity gets down to 20 per cent.
Here's how Opera says it has managed save on battery power:
- Reduced activity in background tabs
- Fewer instructions sent to "wake" the processor
- Unused plug-ins paused automatically
- Reduced frame rate to 30 frames per second for animations and refreshes
- Tuned video playback
- Optimized browser themes
The company did not reveal when the low-power mode might make it into the official release.