Google’s Chrome browser is by far the most popular desktop web browser, accounting for more than 48 percent of the global market as of last month. When it comes to desktop browsers, it is king. However, with the rise of smartphone browsers, Safari is now by far the best. It makes sense that it is the most popular smartphone browser because it is the primary browser for iPhones. Chrome also has a sizable market share on smartphones.
Chrome is the preferred browser for a variety of reasons, not the least of which are its simplicity and speed. When it comes to speed, however, things aren’t always clear.
Chrome is usually lightning fast when it comes to loading webpages, but when you have a lot of tabs open, your browser speed can suffer greatly. And, if you’re anything like us here at BGR, you’re constantly switching between tabs.
Google has made numerous optimizations over the years aimed specifically at improving performance and reducing resource utilization by background tabs. Even so, leaving too many tabs open causes things to slow down, especially on older PCs. However, there is an awesome free Chrome extension that allows you to give your browser a significant speed boost with a single click.