Google have unveiled Chrome 17, the latest stable release of their increasingly popular web browser.
A major upgrade for the browser, it has re-vamped its page pre-rendering process, meaning that when you begin to type a web address into the omnibox bar, the browser begins to pre-load pages based on your bookmarks and browsing history. In some cases, it means pages load near-instantly, before you’ve even hit the enter key.
“When I visit my favourite sandwich shop, I always order the same thing: a chicken cashew salad sandwich on whole wheat (it’s awesome),” said Chrome software engineer Noé Lutz on the Chrome blog.
“Now, the owners know what I want as soon as I walk in the door. Which means they can start making it before I say a word. Which means I get my sandwich faster.
“Chrome now does the same thing. Except not with sandwiches. When you start typing in the omnibox and the URL autocompletes to a site you’re very likely to visit, Chrome will prerender the page, so it will appear faster – sometimes, even instantly – as soon as you hit Enter.”
Other updates for Chrome 17 include enhanced malware and spyware protection.
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