Android 4.4 KitKat is optimized and lightweight enough to run on devices that are memory-constrained, and though it might be a while before manufacturers bring out entry-level and mid-range devices running on the chocolate-themed version of Android, Google has already begun optimizing apps to run on low-memory devices to show it means business, and the beta version of Chrome is the first in line to receive some trimming-down treatment.
With the latest version of Chrome Beta, the tab switching interface has been simplified, now sporting a dark look without any of the animations to slow things down on devices that don’t have much RAM and processing power to spare. At the moment, the new tab switcher can be enabled by entering chrome://flags/#accessibility-tab-switcher in the browser’s address bar, but we’ll likely see an option to choose between the two when the feature makes its way to the stable version of Chrome. At least, I hope there will be an option, so that those with high-end devices can continue to use the standard tab switcher.
Chrome Beta can be downloaded from the Play Store, though a gradual rollout means it might be a while before you’re able to grab the latest update. More details await you at the source link.