Google announced that new features will be coming to PageSpeed Insights, a web development tool created by Google. The interface of the tool is being modernized and data will be easier to understand.
Google is launching a new version of PageSpeed Insights that aims to address many of the challenges of the existing version.
One of the biggest problems with PageSpeed Insights is how data is presented. It doesn’t clearly separate lab data from field data.
People who are new to PageSpeed Insights may not understand the context of the data they’re looking at, which makes it difficult to know what to do with it.
Many “how to” blog posts have been written on the subject of interpreting the PageSpeed Insights report. The reason for this is that it has a confusing design.
Google’s primary goals with the upcoming PageSpeed Insights revamp include:
- Make the UI is more intuitive
- Communicate more information about Core Web Vitals
- Modernize the look and feel
Major Updates Coming to Google Page Speed Insights
Google is rolling out the following updates to PageSpeed Insights later this year:
- Separation of field and lab data: Existing labels for “Field Data” and “Lab data” are getting replaced with text that indicates what the data means and how it can help.
- Core Web Vitals Assessment: Currently, Google’s CWV assessment appears as a single word “passed” or “failed.” The updated assessment will appear in a separate subsection with its own icon.
- Labels for mobile and desktop performance: Google is updating the navigation menu at the top of the report page to include links for mobile and desktop.
- Origin Summary: Google is moving this report section to a new tab, “Origin”, under the Field Data section.
- Expand View: In order to see granular details for the Core Web Vitals metrics, a new “expand view” feature has been added.
- Page Image: Google is removing the image of a loaded page from its current location, which is next to the field data. The image and thumbnails will both be available in the lab data section.
There’s no firm release date for the new PageSpeed Insights, but Google will share further updates as it gets closer to launch time.