Opera Adds Power-Saving Mode to Browser

NicoleMotta on Thursday May 12, 2016 at 10:54:46 AM

Opera Adds Power-Saving Mode to Browser

After releasing a native ad blocker and VPN client for its browser, Opera has announced a new power-saving mode.

(CCM) — On Thursday, Norwegian tech company Opera introduced a new power-saving mode for its desktop browser. The feature will initially roll out to the developer channel on Windows and OS X. "It's extremely frustrating to run out of battery on your computer, whether you are out traveling, watching videos, or you have just left your charger behind," said Krystian Kolondra, Senior Vice President of Engineering for Opera, in a statement. "Our new power-saving mode will nudge you when the laptop starts to consume battery, and, when enabled, it can increase the battery life by as much as 50 percent." The power-saving mode is not enabled by default, but a blue battery icon will appear next to the address bar when your device is unplugged.

According to its own tests, the Opera developer version allows for three hours of browsing time, compared to two hours on Chrome or its old browser. It is worth noting that these are Opera's figures, so they should be taken with a grain of salt. It is also interesting that Opera did not look at Safari on OS X to compare its browser's new battery-saving powers. Apple claims that its browser can contribute to a longer battery life, touting an additional two hours compared to Chrome and Firefox. Opera did not announce when this feature would roll out to its public channel, but the power-saving mode is available on the developer channel now.

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