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Google Chrome 6.0 Already In Testing, Will Pre-empt Clicks

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Google Chrome 6.0 Already In Testing, Will Pre-empt Clicks

Still rolling along on Chrome v4? Sheesh, catch up. Google is already hard at work on version 6.0!

This week a developer version of Chrome 6.0.409.0 has been quietly released into the wild as the 5.0 beta nears final release. So how does Google plan to make the Web's fastest browser even quicker? By guessing.

Yes, really. Chrome 6 is looking to develop 'predictive pre-connections' - these analyse a users browsing habits over time and automatically load the most likely places you're going to want to click in the background.

“When a navigation takes place, and we’ve seen navigations to that domain/port before, and the history-based probability that we’ll need to make a connection to a second site (host/port) is sufficiently large, then we preconnect to that second site while we are still connecting to the primary site (and before we’ve gotten content from the primary site," explained Google in a way which makes a fairly simple idea sound complex.

In a phrase I'd call it 'second guessing'. Funnily enough this isn't actually a new idea. The popular Chrome extension FastestChrome "automatically loads the next page just before you reach the end so you don't have to click 'Next' or wait" and similar mods have been seen for the likes of Firefox and Opera in the past. Of course Google will be looking to take its implementation to the next level.

What else can we expect from Chrome 6? Very little else has been discussed at this point so we really don't know. All we do know is lbased on current trends likely to be things that terrify Firefox and Internet Explorer even more...

Links:

Chrome Dev Channel

Chrome Revision Notes

jingyeow

May 19, 2010, 4:08 pm

They need to fix bookmark sync. There are so many problems with it.

DrDark

May 19, 2010, 4:35 pm

All I could think of is that this would probably freak my mother out :P.

Jmac

May 19, 2010, 4:51 pm

That's pretty smart. So I'm guessing when I'm reading a review on TR, it will recognise that my historical pattern of browsing TR is to navigate through all the pages of the review, and will pre-cache them, images and all? Gee-nee-us. It's going to push up bandwidth usage slightly (as it will occasionally pre-cache things that aren't used), but I'm willing to pay that price on my fixed line broadband in exchange for faster load times, as there is plenty of bandwidth to spare. I'm hoping (a) that this can be turned off altogether by the user (so I'm not wasting bandwidth on my mobile broadband connection, esp when roaming); and (b) that it won't follow (or can at least be cofigured not to follow) links outside the current domain - I'm sure this will be nailed on, as it is pretty essential for privacy reasons.

Stewart

May 19, 2010, 5:07 pm

They don't need to guess - they've got all that info they collected on us through the open wifi hotspots... :o)

Epic

May 19, 2010, 5:15 pm

Why on earth would they develop something to "analyse a users browsing habits over time" when we already know 90% of browsing is for p*rn. It'd be a lot simpler to just pre-connect to the top 100 sites. Still, hope they remember to disable this in incognito mode and that the history isn't being sent back to the Googleplex.

Trevor Totten

May 19, 2010, 5:25 pm

@darkspark88 - Just use XMarks. It's very good and can be synced between multiple browsers.





I've only just started using Chrome, and am very impressed. Using the v5 beta and it's excellent

Steve

May 19, 2010, 5:33 pm

Xmarks is the definitive Bookmarks utility...

MikeD

May 19, 2010, 5:43 pm

Personally don't see the need for bookmark syncing when you have sites out there which you can use to store all your favourites regardless of the browser you use, e.g. x-marks, favilous etc.

itsallgonepearshaped

May 19, 2010, 5:56 pm

This is potentially dangerous. Does anyone remember a certain virus checker that was forced to withdraw functionality that 'pre-empted' clicks. I say pre-empted, it was more like just pre-load, but it caused such a backlash that they had to remove the functionality as it threatened to bring down the Internet or some such rubbish.

Chris W

May 19, 2010, 6:14 pm

So how does that work on data style pages... E.g. you are going through a booking process, it can't predict the next page as the next page may rely on data input on the first page.





Also, I can see the Internet at my work becoming slower if it's predicting the next page for everyone using Chrome.





Daft idea if you ask me.

joose

May 19, 2010, 6:23 pm

It's been ages since I've ever actually noticed a website was too slow in loading up.. Honestly, whats the point in speeding these things up anymore?..

ffrankmccaffery

May 19, 2010, 6:33 pm

. . . and hand more of your personal information over to Google

sonisoe

May 19, 2010, 6:39 pm

am not really a fan of chrome, it still isnt that stable. pages dont always render properly, and i get time to time "script" screen, you know like all this programming language kind of thing.... it also hangs fromm time to time.... these things happen at both my laptops.... like it or not, i've never had any issue with mozilla or even internet exlorer... google may technically with some technical measurements be that faster in redering pages, but in real life perhaps just half a second or max 1 second different... it all depends on your internet connection....

MrGodfrey

May 19, 2010, 7:02 pm

Thank heavens for that. Clicking a button was just so much effort; my poor tired finger. Hopefully Google will extend this idea and soon "pre-empt" my purchases, with Chrome using its mind-reading abilities to randomly buy books, DVDs, uranium etc on my behalf...

Brian ONeill

May 19, 2010, 7:13 pm

Anyone know why google keep flying through the version numbers? 6 versions in less than 2 years is nuts.

Drazisaurus

May 19, 2010, 7:19 pm

I agree with Darkspark. It is more convenient to have your bookmarks right there in your browser interface ready to go rather than having to browse to a webpage with all your bookmarks. They need to improve the sync feature in chrome (mine doesn't seem to work on my work pc) and have it hook up with google bookmarks too.

Ben

May 19, 2010, 7:54 pm

Hate pre-emptive connecting. No. Bad. Evil.

jingyeow

May 19, 2010, 10:42 pm

I've tried xmarks, and there are problems there too, and it's not as easy to use. Auto-sync does not happen on exit. Bookmarks will eventually stop syncing.





Google chrome sync is great when it works, but at the moment, is not working for many people (a widespread issue). Something to do with throttling bookmark udpates, even though they should be instantaneous.

Fishscene

May 21, 2010, 4:22 am

Here in the USA, this is a very, VERY bad feature. With things like CIPA compliance and all... I can imagine Chrome being banned nationwide for use in government and business unless this preload feature can be forced off (and not enabled). All a person has to do is visit a haphazard website and chrome will potentially load stuff in the background. The end-user might navigate away, but all the junk the site leads to is now logged as visited.

Rich 42c5

May 21, 2010, 7:17 pm

Pre-emptive connections & requests..... arhghgghghhghh no

Simon

May 26, 2010, 7:48 pm

If you can't turn the pre-empt feature off i can see myself happily migrating back over to Firefox, as 3.6.4 beta seems very nice compared to 3.6.3

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