phpMyAdmin 3.4 is just in the alpha state (second alpha release being done right now), so it's time to continue in presenting new features. As usual, just download 3.4 alpha or try them on our demo server. If you find any problems while playing with it, do not hesitate and ask or report bug.
phpMyAdmin is now much faster in modern browsers, thanks to using AJAX in lot of places instead of loading whole new page. This is probably the most intrusive change made in 3.4 and at time of writing this post, there are still some rough edges, but the developers are polishing them right now.
Also there is not only AJAX, but lot of user input can be validated on client side now allowing faster reactions on invalid input.
This feature was implemented by Ninad Pundalik during Google Summer of Code 2010.