A new version of Chrome released last week includes new payment features and performance improvements.
Speed being the primary factor in the browser, Google notes that over the last year Chrome has seen double-digit improvements in speed and battery life. In fact, it’s more than 15 percent faster on both desktop and Android, when tested with Speedometer tool.
In addition, Chrome now uses less battery for sites that people visit the most. Chrome 53 gives 2h 12m more Vimeo HD on a single charge, writes Google.
For example, Chrome for Windows lets you watch more video on sites like Vimeo, Facebook and YouTube than it did a year ago.
Of course, improvements to battery life is across the board not just video, “tracking progress using power measurement tools,” google said, as one example, ‘Chrome for Mac now uses 33 percent less power for everything from videos and images to simple page scrolling.”
Also, available now is the “payments’ feature to Chrome on Android, which include support for Android Pay. So now when shopping online, “you can check out with as little as a single tap,” google writes.
The payments is added with support for the PaymentRequest web standard.