New Google Chrome beta adds web pre-loading feature

No matter how fast your Internet connection is or how fast your web browser is, we all want web pages to load even faster than they currently can. Now a new public beta version of Google's Chrome web browser has been released that has a new trick that could give the appearance, at least, of speeding up your web browsing experience.

As reported by ReadWriteWeb.com, the beta version actually starts pre-loading a web page even before you finish typing the web page's URL.  Basically, if you visit certain web sites a lot, the browser will auto-complete the URL and start pre-loading the web page in the background. In theory, this should cut down on the wait times for some web pages.

In addition to the new web page pre-load feature, the new Chrome beta also has a new way for users to avoid downloading the always pesky malware attacks from certain web sites. Basically, the beta version can now check out executable files that users download and warn user if any of them might not be what they first appear to be.

We are not sure if the pre-loading feature will work as advertised all of the time, especially with web sites that cover news all of the time. However, any browser that can keep us from installing malware is OK by us.

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This article misses the entire point of what is even new... you do not find out, unless you either click the link where the source was from or read the comments with users explaining what was added, which it was expanded to the omnibox. This feature otherwise has always been there.

sounds like it could be also be downloading alot of unnecessary data if it guesses wrong?
ISPs will love this feature.

barteh said,
sounds like it could be also be downloading alot of unnecessary data if it guesses wrong?
ISPs will love this feature.

"if you visit certain web sites a lot, the browser will auto-complete the URL and start pre-loading the web page in the background."

Its only for most visited sites.... that cant go wrong i believe... I have certain sites i visit a lot like Neowin and this is a welcome feature

James Riske said,
While browsers continue to move forward with new features and fixes what is ie9 doing these days?

IE10 being developed, but there at testing the rendering engine state.

it aint as fast as opera... ive been changing browsers for so long

i was with firefox few days ago for months and i got ****ed with all the hanging, so i went to chrome few days ago, its annoying how it takes so much time to load the first page on start, after that loads as fast as firefox

but i got ****ed with chrome and im now with opera and its the fastest of all

Well, I just downloaded the beta and installed it again and it shows the same version number but now my new tab button has no + on it.

I just want the damn download bar to have some auto-close options.

After version 9, they "broke" how the UI handles larger DPI's above 125% to maintain UI size (being small and unobtrusive) but yet they leave that huge download bar just hanging around.

AmazingRando said,
I just want the damn download bar to have some auto-close options.

After version 9, they "broke" how the UI handles larger DPI's above 125% to maintain UI size (being small and unobtrusive) but yet they leave that huge download bar just hanging around.


New download bar is coming just an FYI.... so be patient

still1 said,

Go to About:flags and see "New Downloads UI"
Its In-Development so its not active yet.

Just to point out, that flag has been there for 6 months which only does one thing, break the download bar. But as mentioned, it's in development and I have no idea what they have planned. I don't mind the download bar, maybe they could make it smaller or something.

patseguin said,
Is it a new download? Because I just checked my 'about' and it said I'm up to date: 17.0.963.26

It's the beta version.

patseguin said,
Is it a new download? Because I just checked my 'about' and it said I'm up to date: 17.0.963.26

Depending what channel you follow, Dev/Canary have had it for ages through the about:flags page.

Not a bad feature. I look forward to seeing how this is implemented and improved. It should be particularly interesting to see where other web browsers go with this too.

Neobond said,
It has now been extended to the omnibox, so a new feature for an existing feature

Ive had this in my omnibox for quite some time now Annoyed the heck out of me so I turned it off eventually

Owen W said,
Chrome has done this for years! Since did it land as a "new" thing?

Previously it was only search boxes, now it's been implemented further to do more things, not to mention that even though it's been around for ages it was only enabled with the about:flags page.

This is sort of like how Firefox already starts downloading a file before you select "Save" I imagine? But then for web pages.

Neobond said,
This is sort of like how Firefox already starts downloading a file before you select "Save" I imagine? But then for web pages.
I thought chrome has that too?

Neobond said,
This is sort of like how Firefox already starts downloading a file before you select "Save" I imagine? But then for web pages.

IE & Chrome do this, too.

tanjiajun_34 said,
I thought chrome has that too?

Actually Chrome auto-accepts download requests, so unless the user keeps tabs on what is/should be on his downloads status bar a malicious website could just push you into downloading multiple malware files, all without any user interaction.

gonchuki said,

Actually Chrome auto-accepts download requests, so unless the user keeps tabs on what is/should be on his downloads status bar a malicious website could just push you into downloading multiple malware files, all without any user interaction.

Actually that's only true for non executable files. Also the download bar will pop up whenever a new download is started and stay present until the file is either opened through Chrome or the user closes the bar.

Neobond said,
This is sort of like how Firefox already starts downloading a file before you select "Save" I imagine? But then for web pages.

I'm quite sure every browser does this, as IE, Chrome and Firefox do it already.