To help better manging Chrome extensions, Google is adding a new feature to its web browser for the extension system called "Event Pages" to help reduce the memory used by the idle extensions, that bring additional power to your Chrome, but are not always in use.
The Event pages feature currently available in Developer channel will soon be added to Chrome's beta and Stable channels.
"Event pages are an evolution of background pages, with one major improvement: rather than running in the background all the time, an event page only runs when it is handling events. Once an event page becomes idle, it is unloaded, freeing memory until the next time it's needed," explains Google.
To help event pages support some important use cases, Google is also developing a few new APIs including:
- "The alarms API allows an extension to wake itself up at set times, to support features like periodically syncing data to the cloud.
- Some new events let extensions know when they have been installed, or when their event page is being unloaded.
- A declarative version of the webRequest API lets extensions do network interception without the need for a background page at all," posted Matt Perry, Software Engineer.
Learn more from the event page documentation.
Also, Google today added some new games to its Chrome Web Store. The new games include: From Dust, Cut the Rope, and more.