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Celebrating AMP: A year in review

Slow loading sites are arguably one of the most frustrating things about the mobile web. Recent Google research shows that 53% of people will leave a site that fails to load in three seconds or less. That’s problematic for users, businesses, publishers, websites and the mobile web as a whole.

Along with many others in the Accelerated Mobile Pages Project, we’ve been working to make the mobile web experience faster. In the year since we launched AMP, we’ve come a pretty long way, with players from across the web embracing this open source format.

In February, we launched AMP in the “Top Stories” section of Google Search, delivering news in a fast and reliable way. In August, we previewed linking to AMPs across the entire mobile search results page. And today we’re excited to be rolling out that faster experience to users in India.

Now when you search on your mobile device, you’ll see a label that indicates a page is AMP’d. This doesn’t change Search results but will show you which sites have pages that are ready to load lightning fast.


Today, the median time it takes for an AMP page to load from Google Search is less than one second. Beyond just saving you time with fast loading pages, AMP will also save you data -- AMP pages on Search use 10 times less data than the equivalent non-AMP page.

What this means for publishers and websites

Just how is that speed translating for publishers and websites that have AMP’d their content? Among news publishers, the first to get on board with AMP, there are a number of case studies that highlight real benefits when content loads fast. For example, the Washington Post has seen a 23% increase in mobile search users who return within 7 days, and an 88% improvement in load time for AMP content versus traditional mobile web.

To date we have over 600 million AMP documents created by sites such as eBay, Pinterest, Wordpress, and Reddit, and there are many more sites from all over the world and in over 104 languages. These pages cover retail, travel, recipe, general knowledge and entertainment. That’s a lot of fast-loading pages! For example, Zomato has seen great early results since AMPing their pages, with page load times decreasing from 3.8 seconds to well under a second. This is great news for Zomato, who are live with AMP in 23 countries, as they’re now more likely to see site visitors come back more often compared to those accessing non-AMP pages. A few other sites that have created  AMP pages in India are News 18, NDTV and Aaj Tak.

While the first year of the AMP Project has gotten off to a great start, there still remains a lot of work ahead. This roadmap is a good way to stay up to date on what is happening next.  We look forward to returning in a year’s time with even more progress as we work together to make the web great for everyone.  

To find out more about AMP, check out ampproject.org.

Posted by Anuvrat Rao, Strategic Partnerships Development Manager, Google

AMPing up in mobile Search

[Cross posted from the Official Google Blog]

Access to information is at the heart of Google’s mission. Unfortunately, today, the mobile web isn't living up to the expectations people have for getting the information they need, particularly when it comes to speed. In fact, data shows that people abandon websites after just three seconds if the content doesn't load quickly—which is bad not just for people trying to get what they want online, but for the publishers who want those readers to enjoy the content they've created for them. That's why, last October, we joined others across the industry on the Accelerated Mobile Pages Project (AMP for short), an open source initiative to make the mobile web as fast as possible.

In just over four months, AMP has come a long way, with hundreds of publishers, scores of technology companies and ad-tech businesses all taking part in this joint mission to improve the mobile web for everyone. And starting today, we’ll make it easy to find AMP webpages in relevant mobile search results, giving you a lightning-fast reading experience for top stories.   

Now when you search for a story or topic on Google from a mobile device, webpages created using AMP will appear when relevant in the Top Stories section of the search results page. Any story you choose to read will load blazingly fast—and it’s easy to scroll through the article without it taking forever to load or jumping all around as you read. It’s also easy to quickly flip through the search results just by swiping from one full-page AMP story to the next.

AMP is great for browsing the web on mobile devices, because webpages built with AMP load an average of four times faster and use 10 times less data than equivalent non-AMP pages. In many cases, they’ll load instantly. It's how reading on the mobile web should be—fast, responsive and fun.


While helping people find fast AMP content through Google Search is a significant step, there’s still a lot of work ahead for the open source AMP Project. Still, it’s been thrilling to see how the industry has come together to work on this common goal of making the mobile web great for everyone. And given the potential AMP holds for other types of content, we’re excited about what the future holds.

Posted by David Besbris, VP Engineering, Google Search