Google PageSpeed Insights Tool gets the first large update since January 2018 when Google began using real user data from the Google Chrome browser to measure page speed of a site. The new updates today uses Lighthouse, a speed tool from Google, as its analysis engine and also incorporates field data provided by the Chrome User Experience Report (CrUX) into the tool.
Lighthouse and CRUX. Version 5 of the release notes says, “v5 of the PageSpeed Insights API was released in November 2018. It now uses Lighthouse as its analysis engine and also incorporates field data provided by the Google Chrome User Experience Report (CrUX). v5 of the API will now provide CrUX data and all of the Lighthouse audits. Previous versions of the PSI API will be deprecated in six months.”
A look before and after. This is what the Google PageSpeed Insights Tool dashboard looked like earlier this year:
This is a look at the new report. It has two tabs, one for desktop and one for mobile.
What data is in the Google PageSpeed Insights Tool Updates?
The new toolset breaks up the report into several categories including:
- Field Data: This uses the Google Chrome User Experience report and shows you the First Contentful Paint (FCP) and the First Input Delay (FID).
- Lab Data: Lighthouse analysis of the current page on an emulated mobile and plots metrics from that tool including First Contentful Paint, Speed Index, Time to Interactive, First Meaningful Paint, First CPU Idle, Estimated Input Latency and then shows screenshots of how this is viewed.
- Opportunities: Shows you ways to improve the performance of that specific page including the areas of issues and how much they are slowing down your page.
Postscript: Several hours after this story, Google announced the changes on their own blog.