Google unveils new Caffeine search engine

Google gives us all a bit of caffeine
Google gives us all a bit of caffeine

Google has unveiled a new engine to help its search product move with the times, and is now allowing testers to come and have a go.

But don't get too excited - if you didn't know it was different you would simply think it's the same old Google as it acts in pretty much the same way.

As the Big G states in its blog, it's all "under the hood" at the moment, although it will "push the envelope on size, indexing speed, accuracy, comprehensiveness and other dimensions".

Basically Google wants you to have a crack at typing in your favourite search terms and telling it what's different. Does something rank lower than before? Is it faster / slower?

Power users - assemble!

Apparently 'power users' will get the most use out of it - we're not sure what a power user is though. Perhaps it's like a Power Seller on eBay? Certain people getting their own Google ranking for searching so darn much?

Matt Cutts has been working on the project and has put together his own Q&A on the subject, giving little snippets of info like the fact Caffeine isn't a response to other competitors (Bing) and it's only available in a .com flavour for now.

Anyway, if you're a veritable Power Googler, then head on over to and start feeding back.

Via TechCrunch

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.