Chrome is still the most popular web browser on the internet, and Google’s developers are not slowing down, especially in the face of increased competition from Microsoft’s Edge and Mozilla’s Firefox. For Chrome users that were thinking of switching, Chrome is about to get a little speedier and become a lot less memory hungry.
In a Chromium blog post, Yana Yushkina, product manager for Chrome browser, unveiled an increase in search speed when searching via the omnibox. For those that are unaware, the omnibox is the bar at the top of the Chrome browser for typing in website addresses and search queries. She also detailed that Chrome would also use less memory and that the team has solved an issue regarding a common shutdown bug.
“Searching in Chrome is now even faster, as search results are prefetched if a suggested query is very likely to be selected,” said Yushkina. “This means that you see the search results more quickly, as they’ve been fetched from the web server before you even select the query.”
According to Yushkina, search results will appear in less than 500 milliseconds.
This will only work if users set Google Search as the default search engine. Although, it will be possible for other search developers to integrate this speedy feature, like for those who prefer Bing, Yahoo or DuckDuckGo.
Apart from speedier omnibox searches, Chrome will also use less memory.
“Chrome OS shows a total memory footprint reduction of 15% in addition to a 20% browser process…