Chrome to prerender search result pages

Written by Paul Goodhead

June 15, 2011 // 12:51 p.m.

Tags: #chrome #google #instant-search #prerendering #quick #search #seconds #speed #time-saving #websites

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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