Straight out of their labs and strictly in beta, Fast Flip is one of Google’s wilder experiments, designed to let you access news articles quickly.
Here’s how they big it up:
One problem with reading news online today is that browsing can be really slow. A media-rich page loads dozens of files and can take as much as 10 seconds to load over broadband, which can be frustrating. What we need instead is a way to flip through articles really fast without unnatural delays, just as we can in print. The flow should feel seamless and let you rapidly flip forward to the content you like, without the constant wait for things to load. Imagine taking 10 seconds to turn the page of a print magazine!
It looks quite fun but the problem is that all the pages are presented as images – meaning they take longer to download and you can’t copy and paste any of the content.
We think it’s fun, but a bit daft. Have a play here and tell us what you think!