Chrome to prerender search result pages

Chrome to prerender search result pages

Instant Page will be in the next beta of Chrome, but you can already try it out in the developer version.

Google has promised to speed up Internet searches with a new Instant Page feature for its increasingly popular Chrome browser.

The announcement was made by Google fellow Amit Singhal via the official Google blog, who claimed that the company's Instant Page technology could save users between two and five seconds per search.

Instant Page is a new addition to the Instant service that Google introduced last year, and it saves time by pre-rendering the pages in your top search results when the browser is confident that you’re going to click on them; a judgement it makes by using Google’s Relevance Technology.

We’ve been working for years to develop our Relevance Technology,’ says Singhal ‘and we can fairly accurately predict when to prerender.

In theory, the technology should make pages load immediately, although it will also be interesting to see if pre-loading four or five web pages for each search has an impact on the browsing performance of low-powered devices such as tablets, netbooks or even Google's new Chromebooks.

Instant Page will be included in the next beta version of Chrome, although it's also supported by the current developer version of the browser if you can't wait to try it out.

Do you like the sound of Instant Page? Will you be downloading the next Chrome beta to give it a try? Let us know your plans in the forums.


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Mentai 15th June 2011, 13:21 Quote
Other than performance on low powered devices, this also isn't great for bandwidth usage on terrible internet plans (think costs of 3/4G data in most countries). I think as long as it's optional it's a good idea.
mclean007 15th June 2011, 13:56 Quote
There are, I think, two issues here. First is that it has the potential to chew bandwidth, which is fine on an all you can eat tariff or, relaistically, pretty much any home broadband connection where the incremental data use is likely to be negligible, but unattractive for pay as you go or capped mobile internet and ESPECIALLY for roaming. Secondly, it means your browser will register hits on sites you might not want it to (which has privacy implications) and might not actually visit (which may skew their traffic stats). As long as it's optional, however, and it only prerenders first party HTML and images, not flash and not third party content, I don't see why it's a problem.
glaeken 15th June 2011, 15:31 Quote
Maybe they should first fix their results to actually pertain to my search...
Fredrics 15th June 2011, 15:51 Quote
They have been preloading data for ages, although I dont know what exactly it is they where preloading. However I guess they are now preloading and prerendering the data.
Madness_3d 15th June 2011, 19:07 Quote
Realistically if it's just pre-rendering the HTML and not pulling down large images / flash / java content then bandwidth wise it shouldn't be too much of a problem. Definitely would want a switch on it though. Maybe they could use ISP detection to i.d. which connections they should run it down automatically. Don't do it on 3, Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile, O2 (if they can split the home and mobile traffic), AT&T, Verizon etc etc. And then put it on by default for desktop browsers for other ISP's. Either way I'd have it disabled by default for Mobile Google, but with the option to switch it on, it would probably help page loading quite a lot on more CPU bound mobile phones
Deders 15th June 2011, 22:38 Quote
Wouldn't caching the page pretty much do the same thing? and what happens if you search for something and there's a new page that might be relevant to your needs, but you don't see it because Google says so?
PQuiff 16th June 2011, 10:15 Quote
Until it uses aero. Not interested.
Xir 16th June 2011, 10:19 Quote
Originally Posted by Madness_3d
Realistically if it's just pre-rendering the HTML and not pulling down large images / flash / java content then bandwidth wise it shouldn't be too much of a problem.
But where's the speedup on that? :D

Another nice plan by people to whom bandwidth is not a problem.
Preload stuff you may not need, plaster everything in the problem on the T1 connection back at google HQ.

As the trend (imho) is going towards mobile internet, bandwith is:
either a problem or
a serious cost factor
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