Chrome 45 frees up memory faster, reloads most recently used content

Google has taken user feedback about Chrome becoming a sluggish memory-hog seriously: The latest release speeds up browsing and is more aggressive at memory management.

Let's be honest: Google Chrome has gone from a fast, simple browsing experience to one that has slowed down over time while also reducing battery life on laptops.

Google knows this and isn't ignoring user feedback. With the latest browser release, Chrome 45 addresses some of these pain points.

First, Chrome will open your most recently used sites so you can dive right in to work when opening the app.

The browser has long had this "resume where you left off" feature but now it's a bit smarter. Since the most recently used tabs will render first, you're more likely to see the content you want quicker.

Second, Chrome will start using free time in the browser -- when heavy tasks aren't running -- to focus on memory management.

Google says the approach will reduce "website memory usage by 10% on average, but the effect is even more dramatic on complex web apps. With Gmail, for example, we can free up nearly a quarter of the memory used by the tab."

Lastly is a change that we knew was coming: Non-essential Flash ads will auto-pause. The company introduced this feature in June but it's now rolling out to all Chrome users with version 45. Google says this change alone can boost battery life by 15 percent, based on testing.