With Instant Pages, Google aims to accelerate search process

The feature preloads pages Google believes users will click on from its search results

In an effort to accelerate the rendering of Web pages in users' computers, Google has developed a search feature that predictively preloads pages before users click on result links.

The feature, called Instant Pages, will be rolled out as a beta test for Chrome browser users in the coming week, said Amit Singhal, a Google fellow, in the company's Inside Search event on Tuesday, which was held in San Francisco and webcast.

Along with the existing Google Instant feature, which lets Google predict search results before users complete a query term, Instant Pages shaves off between four and 10 seconds from the search process, he said.

"The time it saves us is amazing," Singhal said.

On average, a Web page takes five seconds to load after a user clicks on its Google search result, but Instant Pages cuts that down often to fractions of a second, officials said.

Instant Pages will also be offered for mobile devices in the coming weeks.

Google also announced that voice search and search by image, two features available for mobile devices, will now be available for desktop browsers as well.

In addition, Google Instant is also being extended to Image Search.

Google also announced improvements to its mobile search interface for general Web search and local and maps search.

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