Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

Chrome 17 With Web Page Prerendering Now for Download

By - Source: Google | B 20 comments

Google has released the stable release of Chrome 17, which marks the arrival of prerendering support in the browser.

Prerendering kicks in as soon as a user begins typing in the URL bar of the browser and Chrome auto-completes a site's address and determines high likelihood that the site is the intended destination. Details about prerendered pages can be monitored in Chrome via the local URL chrome://net-internals/#prerender.

Google also extended the safe browsing features of Chrome and compares executable EXE and MSI files against a whitelist and information about websites that are likely to host malware.

The developer version of Chrome recently went to version 19, concluding the tree of Chrome 18, which will include more than 11,000 changes over Chrome 17. According to Chrome developer Peter Beverloo, Chrome 18 brings six new stable extension APIs, a CSS selector profiler, and mutation observers.

Chrome 17 can be downloaded here.

Discuss
Ask a Category Expert

Create a new thread in the News comments forum about this subject

Example: Notebook, Android, SSD hard drive

This thread is closed for comments
Top Comments
  • 16 Hide
    aftcomet , February 9, 2012 12:47 AM
    I wasn't on the release version jokes before, but 17? Come on........ It sounds retarded. They're throwing out programming conventions in the trash. Not every patch is a new version. Holy crap.
  • 13 Hide
    mayankleoboy1 , February 9, 2012 1:35 AM
    notsleepwake me up when chrome version 9,999,999 comes out...


    check back in a week
Other Comments
  • -4 Hide
    agnickolov , February 9, 2012 12:39 AM
    And thus Chrome just upped itself in the browser rankings thanks to prediction misses...
  • Display all 20 comments.
  • 5 Hide
    claec , February 9, 2012 12:43 AM
    Went to download the latest version... then I checked my current version and realized that Chrome had already silently updated itself... Ah Google, I love ya :) 
  • 16 Hide
    aftcomet , February 9, 2012 12:47 AM
    I wasn't on the release version jokes before, but 17? Come on........ It sounds retarded. They're throwing out programming conventions in the trash. Not every patch is a new version. Holy crap.
  • 4 Hide
    notsleep , February 9, 2012 12:50 AM
    wake me up when chrome version 9,999,999 comes out...:p 
  • 13 Hide
    mayankleoboy1 , February 9, 2012 1:35 AM
    notsleepwake me up when chrome version 9,999,999 comes out...


    check back in a week
  • 3 Hide
    joeman99 , February 9, 2012 1:46 AM
    Am I the only one who thinks Chrome is a structural disaster? It launches every plugin and app as a separate process but all pages are rendered by a single process. This wouldn't be so be bad but if you are like me and launch a dozen or so pages at a time from your rss reader and have just one page hang on some flash code or the like then every single page crashes. At least IE and just restart the hung one. has a separate thread so you can still view the other pages. Heck even FF lets you switch to other tabs but Chrome refuses to budge, even on a tabs that had already been downloaded and viewed seconds ago. Google should start using irrational or imaginary numbers for this travesty's versioning...
  • 1 Hide
    zanny , February 9, 2012 1:48 AM
    I'm waiting for some kind of compiled webpage standard, so we stop sending utf8 strings of code over the tubes. That is the major page load limiter right now.
  • 1 Hide
    jimslaid2 , February 9, 2012 1:51 AM
    Joeman, most users are not you.
  • -3 Hide
    Anonymous , February 9, 2012 5:48 AM
    "Prerendering kicks in as soon as a user begins typing in the URL bar of the browser and Chrome auto-completes a site's address and determines high likelihood that the site is the intended destination."

    I stopped using Google Chrome after following incident:

    I was browsing the web, something related to artificial intelligence, and I was typing the actual address of the web site in the address bar. Without looking I pressed ENTER. What happened is that Chrome, instead of taking me to the web site, decided that I was looking for something else and took me to the web site which turned out to be brought down by my government due to pedofile content! It was not even close to what I typed into address bar!

    It means that my government now probably has my IP and a record of me trying to access illegal web site.

    This "prerendering" thing, if I understood it correctly, means that Google Chrome is fetching web pages from many web sites that Google Chrome "thinks" you want to access.

    Good luck with that!
  • 3 Hide
    kronos_cornelius , February 9, 2012 6:45 AM
    You know this features means Google knows what you are going to do before you do.
  • 6 Hide
    doive1231 , February 9, 2012 7:24 AM
    Will the prerendered sites be unbiased or will advertisers be allowed to "buy" the search results just like on the homepage?
  • 1 Hide
    Horhe , February 9, 2012 8:25 AM
    I suppose Google uses all the data collected from your Gmail, YouTube, Google+ and other Google services accounts to guess what your next page is.
  • 0 Hide
    Anonymous , February 9, 2012 8:47 AM
    Has the Chrome team figured out how to implement a bookmark pane/sidebar? Maybe they could ask for help from any other browser development team.
  • -1 Hide
    Anonymous , February 9, 2012 8:53 AM
    @fooblitzky
    Just install the Neat Bookmarks extension.
  • 0 Hide
    freggo , February 9, 2012 9:58 AM
    kronos_corneliusYou know this features means Google knows what you are going to do before you do.


    "Back to the future" with Chrome 17 because they know what you will want in the future; at least the VERY near future :-)

  • 0 Hide
    rakesh_toms , February 9, 2012 10:44 AM
    freggo"Back to the future" with Chrome 17 because they know what you will want in the future; at least the VERY near future :-)

    Common guys, Google does not.know any ones future. Just our usual websites. The auto complete feature of most browsers already know this.
  • 0 Hide
    puddleglum , February 9, 2012 1:08 PM
    aftcometI wasn't on the release version jokes before, but 17? Come on........ It sounds retarded. They're throwing out programming conventions in the trash. Not every patch is a new version. Holy crap.
    Yeah. They should just go with some kind of year.month version numbering like ubuntu.
  • 0 Hide
    jacobdrj , February 9, 2012 1:15 PM
    Reminds me of the McDonalds 'Customers Served' advertisements on their signs back in the 90's... Even had a 'Cave Man' edition in the first live Flintstones movie (xx Dozens Served)...
  • 0 Hide
    zodiacfml , February 9, 2012 10:38 PM
    Wow, there is a slight speed increase in opening, closing, and adding a new tab. Awesome.
  • 0 Hide
    shatbriks , February 15, 2012 11:20 AM
    17, huh? I think i was at 10 or something when i last checked.