Google is constantly striving to improve the speed of its browser and it seems that these efforts have paid off as Google Chrome recently achieved the highest score yet on Apple’s Speedometer 2.0 benchmark.
Since the launch of Chrome in 2008, the search giant has set out to create the fastest browser whether you use it on a smartphone or a laptop.
Since 2015, Google has been measuring Chrome’s speedometer scores on a 13-inch MacBook. While browser performance has improved on Intel-based Macs, the release of Apple’s M1 chips in 2020 brought a huge boost in performance.
Improved Chrome performance
In a new blog post, Google explained that projects it’s worked on over the years have dramatically improved Chrome’s performance. However, this was not the case for all.
For example, with pointer compression, the company was willing to reduce performance slightly to make Chrome use less memory. This was also the case when the Specter CPU exploit hit and Google had to trade performance to keep its users safe.
Overall, years of work on projects such as C++ Quick Finds, Thin Strings, Parser Redesign and more have led to an 83% improvement in the metric score. Chrome speed. Still, it was the combination of Apple’s introduction of the M1 processor with Google’s Sparkplug and LTO+PGO projects that helped Chrome rise to the top of the speedometer scores. Chrome now scores over 300 on the speedometer and it’s the highest score ever for a browser.
These scores will likely continue to improve as Google develops its browser, and Apple’s new M1 Ultra chip will also give Chrome another significant performance boost on macOS.