If you’ve ever texted someone on a mobile phone you’ll more than likely be aware of predictive texting, where it predicts what words you’re going to write and often turns your sentences into a garbled mess. Well, Google is planning to bring this to a whole new level by actually predicting what sites you’ll visit and automatically pre-loading them in the background so that they load faster when you eventually click on them.
But how does Google do this? The details have yet to be confirmed, but most likely Google will be collecting your data form your Google searches, your cache, cookies, and all sorts of other data you’ve got lying around on the net or your computer.
For example, if you open up the Google homepage and then find TechEye in your favourites, where it should be, and click on it, it may send a message to Google telling it what order you visit your websites. So next time Chrome will pre-load TechEye for you while you’re still on the Google homepage. This is all still theory for now, but it’s the most logical way of getting to what Google is trying to achieve.
It does present some potential privacy issues, however. Google has been getting slapped around left, right and centre over the past week for snooping into people’s Wi-Fi connections and running off with their dirty secrets. So how will this new feature for Chrome work without invading people’s privacy?
We all want faster browsers and loading times, but if it means that Google is again stockpiling large volumes of data on our web usage, perhaps it’s a boon that’s not worth its price.