Google adds speed and speech to search

The new functions are designed to make searching via Google easier and broader.


Google has made some significant changes to its search business, making it faster to access results and adding speech recognition.

The Silicon Valley giant yesterday announced Instant Pages, which prepares the top search result in the background whilst the user chooses which website to visit.

This will save users another two to five seconds on typical searches, Google said.

"Instant Pages will pre-render results when we're confident you're going to click them," said Google Fellow, Amit Singhal, in a blog post.

Advertisement - Article continues below

"The good news is that we've been working for years to develop our relevance technology, and we can fairly accurately predict when to pre-render."

Instant Pages will feature first in the next beta release of Chrome, although the developer version has been made available today.

Google has also brought the voice search capability it introduced to mobiles into the desktop.

"If you're using Chrome, you'll start to see a little microphone in every Google search box. Simply click the microphone, and you can speak your search," Singhal said.

Speech recognition on desktop is rolling out now on in English, he confirmed, claiming Google's voice search traffic has grown six-fold in the last year alone.

Google also introduced Search by Image, which lets users upload any picture or plug in an image URL to figure out what it is.

The feature is also rolling out from today. It can be accessed via a button next to the microphone on

Featured Resources

The essential guide to cloud-based backup and disaster recovery

Support business continuity by building a holistic emergency plan

Download now

Trends in modern data protection

A comprehensive view of the data protection landscape

Download now

How do vulnerabilities get into software?

90% of security incidents result from exploits against defects in software

Download now

Delivering the future of work - now

The CIO’s guide to building the unified digital workspace for today’s hybrid and multi-cloud strategies.

Download now



The IT Pro Podcast: Is the future multi-cloud?

29 Nov 2019
Business strategy

Google accused of ‘union busting’

26 Nov 2019
public cloud

Vodafone launches 'Neuron' platform with Google Cloud

20 Nov 2019
hybrid cloud

Google Cloud ramps up its migration partnerships

20 Nov 2019

Most Popular

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft, not Amazon, is going to win the cloud wars

30 Nov 2019
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

What to expect from AWS Re:Invent 2019

29 Nov 2019
Business strategy

Huawei takes the US trade sanctions into its own hands

3 Dec 2019
cyber security

Millions of text messages leaked through exposed TrueDialog server

2 Dec 2019