Chrome OS 72 Stable is available for almost two weeks now, bringing Android Pie to some devices, but over the past few days, some users have noticed a serious slowdown issue. By Chrome Unboxed slowing down, only by Chrome Unboxed [LoadingloadingappleappsapproachgrouschromeOSversion72andmore(hereweare)PixelbookPixelSlateandSamsungChromebookPlusV2UsersofthesedeviceshavenotedhighCPUutilizationleadingtotheabnormallyhightemperaturedevice
The exact cause of the issue is still under investigation by Google, but it seems to be tied to more detailed information about the performance of your Android apps reported in Chrome OS Task Manager. Specifically, with Android Pie, Chrome OS will know how much RAM every Android app uses.
The two simplest ways to avoid this issue are either to stay on Chrome OS 71
If you've updated Chrome OS 72 and you see yourself in need of Task Manager, you can also disable the "Footprint memory" column by right-clicking the header column in Task Manager and -Checking "Memory footprint" as seen below. It stopped the Task Manager from asking Android for the latest RAM usage information.
Google is still investigating the issue, and we keep updating as the situation progresses. There is no timeline set for when we see a fix to come, but it is safe to assume that Google does not allow the issue to remain in Chrome OS Stable for a long time. We can see the update coming in the coming days.
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