Google Instant Comes to Mobile Phones Too

By on September 9th, 2010 10:25 GMT

Mobile phone users should soon be able to enjoy a new feature when accessing Google search on their devices, namely Google Instant, which has been recently released for desktop PCs, and which was already tested for mobile devices, it seems.

Most probably, the new feature is meant to make an appearance into the wild on handsets running under Google's Android operating system in the beginning, as the company usually does so, but more devices might also get it soon after.

What Google Instant is all about can be guessed pretty easily: it is meant to perform searches even before one finishes typing the query, which means that the results will come much faster than before.

Google Instant is search-before-you-type. Instant takes what you have typed already, predicts the most likely completion and streams results in real-time for those predictions—yielding a smarter and faster search that is interactive, predictive and powerful,” Marissa Mayer, VP Search Products & User Experience, notes on the company's blog.

Currently released for Chrome, Firefox, Safari and IE 8, the solution is being tested for use on mobile phones too, at least this is what a recent post on Engadget suggests.

According to the news site, a Verizon-based DROID 2 mobile phone was spotted into the wild running playing around with Google Instant both over Wi-Fi and 3G connections, and it seems that things are looking pretty good.

The solution is meant to offer users three Instant results under the search box. As the photo attached to this article shows, users would receive one search result between Android's notifications bar and the native keyboard auto-complete bar, without scrolling.

It seems that Google plans on making the solution available in the near future on any AJAX-capable mobile browser, and that Android users would get it pretty soon, the same applying to Apple's iPhone.

More details on this should emerge in the near future, it seems, including news on a possible BlackBerry availability for it.
Google Instant spotted on Android-based device
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