Google search is now faster than before as the company has
launched a live-updating service that will save surfers 2-5
seconds of online search time.
The product, named "Instant", will begin to roll out search
results around the world from Thursday night, the Daily Telegraph
Google searches will now predict what users are looking for from
the moment they start typing, the company announced.
As internet users begin a word, Google's homepage will move
instantly to a page of results that is updated as each letter is
Google, which currently answers one billion search queries per
day, described the move as a "fundamental change" that will save
the world's internet users a combined 11 hours per second, or 111
years per day. The update has been trailed over the past two days
with 'Google Doodles' on the company's homepage.
The service, currently available only to users who are logged in
to Google, will save typical searchers between two and five
seconds per query. It should take the average query time down from
approximately 24 seconds to around 20 seconds.
The company also estimates that "dynamically predicting what
people search for reduces the time it takes to enter a typical
query by 50 percent".
The service will also display a series of its best guesses as
users type, and searchers can then scroll down to the most
The company estimates that each Google search will now generate
between five and seven times as many requests to its servers, but
because each search generates only a very small amount of data to
transmit back to each computer, the new service is not likely to
strain either broadband networks or Google's own servers.
Users on particularly slow connections will automatically be
pushed to the original Google search, but will have the option to