Chrome to pre-load pages for "wicked fast" browsing

By Emil ยท 56 replies
Nov 11, 2010
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  1. Google is working on a new feature that could boost Chrome's browsing speed even more. Still in the works, the new page-preloading capability will allow Google's browser to load Web pages before they're actually needed. "Pre-load pages in background tabs for 'wicked fast' page loads," a brief description of the feature reads on the Chromium issues tracker (via CNET). The feature is expected to arrive via an early build in February 2011.

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  2. zogo

    zogo TS Rookie Posts: 53

    The best browser I have ever used. Reliable and fast and now they are making even more faster. Nice work Google, you always know how to satisfy your users :)
  3. I want this, but with Opera!
  4. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,319

    only thing if, what are there are like 50 links on that page, is chrome gonna load them all at once?
  5. Hatrix

    Hatrix TS Rookie

    i've already tested in Chromium latest version and its amazing!!!
    If other browsers dont keep up with this tecnology they will surely be left behind

    to ikesmasher, its not for links on sites, at least for the moment, its for searching via hyperlink, like for example "ww.techsp....." and you havent clicked enter yet and it will show on the screen already behind it.

    maybe they will do when you mouse over in the future
  6. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    I might switch to Chrome if this is as awesome as it sounds.
  7. z71kris

    z71kris TS Rookie Posts: 20

    I will say I have used Chrome exclusively since it has come out....only I dont is because I am on a Mcirosoft site that has to IE8
  8. DokkRokken

    DokkRokken TS Rookie Posts: 267

    I'm not sure how I managed to browse the internet before I had Chrome. It's a fantastic browser, and this will only make it better yet.
  9. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    Google is dedicated to making chrome the fastest, that's why I use it
  10. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    It seems like this is a expansion upon their "Instant search" feature for Sounds very nice! But, still I am a firefox fan. Mostly because I'm not one to notice the speed differences in a browser...and I am a "if it's not broke, don't fix it" sort of guy. If firefox presented me with a reason to change..than I will. I've tried chrome and opera(multiple versions) and to's just another browser.

    If I needed to change though, I'd pick opera..mainly because I do not want a advertising company to track my movements 24/7. I'd rather not trust them to not be evil...I'll just make sure they have no choice but to.
  11. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 669

    I'm not sure of the details, but I'd think this would be a problem for when I'm tweaking website design. It's already a pain being sure the browser reloads a fresh copy of a page or CSS file, I'd think it'd be even worse when you've got predictive cache to hassle with too.
  12. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    I really do not understand this. Does anyone really benefit from, or see the difference between a page loading in 180ms vs 200ms? is this purely bragging rights?.... or is there a practical application for this 100ms (or whatever the ridiculously small increment of time is?)
  13. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TS Booster Posts: 248   +12

    I think this is a great way to speed things up, I visit certain pages almost daily... and I would really love if those pages load instantly, even more, if for some reason there is no access to Internet, chrome could load the last saved version... Cool! Keep it up and simple google!
  14. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,665   +1,097

    As long as it's RAM usage doesn't skyrocket because of this then they should try it.
  15. sMILEY4ever

    sMILEY4ever TS Booster Posts: 158

    I might too but I'm still staying with FF for Noscript, adblock plus, foxfilter.
  16. compu4

    compu4 TS Rookie Posts: 46

    Same here. One would think that pre-loading all of those pages into memory (some site homepages have hundreds of links) would occupy loads of system ram.
  17. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    God knows, most pages load immediately when I click them, or have pretty much displayed as I hit enter when typing a URL in, so I don't really get how it would make my experience any better.

    Would it be an improvement for slower internet connections though?
  18. ...there's been a Firefox extension that does the exact same thing out for years.
  19. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    Firefox is the best ive used but i do like chrome a lot.
  20. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Chrome runs very nicely on slow PCs, so wouldn't this slow them down? And people with higher spec computers probably won't even notice the difference anyway.
  21. What is that Firefox extension called? I'd like to try it out.

    I could see this caching being useful... but it seems very risky and expensive if you don't get it right...

    At least this would matter to most users though, unlike Javascript speeds which really doesn't affect people as much as it is hyped up to.
  22. Chrome is just a stripped down version of Opera...

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,256   +454

    interesting... I think they could easily do this when people hover their mouse arrow over a link. But on top of this, I suppose google's keeping track of peoples browsing habits could help predict what links you may click and preload those pages.
  24. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 669

    Absurd.. Naive... Ignorant.. Troll....

    I really dont know which to call you.
  25. Jetatt23

    Jetatt23 TS Rookie Posts: 28

    This sounds like a cool idea, no matter how they implement. I don't see this really helping stumble upon users though, as the sites are completely random

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