Google introduced a new feature that will dramatically change how quickly your search results are returned, and reduce the time it takes for websites to load. It is called Google Instant Pages, and it speeds up your search and page load times by pre-rendering the content on sites before you even get there. Instant Pages will be built directly into Google Chrome.
In addition to Instant Pages, Google is also bringing Voice Search and Search by Image to your desktop. In the very near future, you will be able to press a button on the Google search page, and speak your query. You will also be able to click a button on the Google Image search page, and either upload a picture or put in a URL to find out where the picture was taken.
From Mobile to the Desktop:
Google introduced voice recognition to mobile devices through their Google Search app. You don’t have to peck out characters on your smartphone to find what you want. All you need to do is speak your query, and using voice recognition, the app will translate your speech to a text search. Google has collected spoken search strings, and their English Voice System has learned to interpret billions of words from search queries.
Bringing Voice Search To Desktop:
Google is taking what they have learned from mobile search and bringing it to your desktop. All you have to do is press a button and speak to your computer. The Voice Search function will interpret what you’ve said and enter your search string for you.
Google Goggles introduced search by computer vision, and allowed you to search by snapping a picture directly from your smartphone. Google has amassed a huge database of images from user submissions and from their street view cameras.
Bringing Image Recognition To Desktop:
Google’s Search by Image feature will leverage the image data that Google has accumulated to help you identify where a picture was taken from your desktop. You can just click on a small camera icon next to the search box, and you can upload and image or enter a URL, and Google does the rest.
Evolution of Google Instant to Google Instant Pages
Google recently enhanced their search engine with the Instant feature. When you start typing a search string, it tries to predict what you are searching for. As it tries to guess what you are searching for, Google begins loading the results in a drop-down list from the search field. At the same time, the results for what you’ve actually typed start loading on the page. This saves up to 5 seconds per search, because you may find the result you’re looking for before you finish typing and click on it from the list.
You spend less time typing and wading through fruitless searches, because you can see the results your search string will produce before you are ready to hit enter. If you see that the results do not match what you’re looking for, you can just start typing another string instead of hitting enter and patiently waiting for results that may or may not match give you what you were looking for. Saving five seconds per search does not sound like much, but if you do a lot of research on the Web, or if you’ve ever searched for something rare, you know that those seconds add up quickly.
Instant Pages Pre-Renders Content to Drastically Reduce Load Times
Google Instant Pages builds heavily on the idea behind Google Instant, but it takes it to a much higher level, and makes your time spent searching much more efficient. As you search, the results appear on a drop-down menu from the search box, and also appear on the results screen. Google Instant Pages takes it one giant leap further by pre-rendering the pages in your potential search results.
A search will only trigger the Instant Pages feature on pages in your results if the Google engine is confident that you will click on one of them. When you finally click on one of the results of your search, the page will load much quicker than it did before, and some pages load instantly. Gone are the days of waiting for text and images to render in your browser.
When Can I Start Using Instant Pages?
Google is building Instant Pages directly into the Chrome browser. It is available in the Chrome Dev. Channel right now and later this week it will be pushed to Beta versions of the browser.After thorough testing and collecting feedback from Chrome users it will be pushed to stable production versions of the Chrome browser.
In the near future, Google is planning to bring Instant Pages to mobile devices. The code that Instant Pages is built on is open-source, so other browsers will be able to introduce the pre-rendering features in future releases.
How Will These Updates Impact My Searches?
The combination of Voice Search and Instant Pages will change your workflow, and speed up your searches. Instead of thinking of a phrase and typing it, you can just speak it to the Google search engine, and Google will be able to anticipate what you are searching for. Then it will pre-load the possible results so the page you ultimately end up clicking on will load practically instantly.
The Search by Image feature will allow you to accurately identify where a photo was taken. The net effect of the new features Google is a substantial increase in speed and efficiency for you when you search the Web.