When Google launched their new search enhancement – Google Instant last September, they mentioned that they would also make it available for mobile devices. For those who are not familiar with Google Instant, it’s a search enhancement that shows search results as you type. If you’re familiar with Google Suggest, then it works exactly the same but instead of having it on the web browser’s search bar it works on Google Web Search’s main page.
Yesterday, Google announced the release of Google Instant for mobile (beta) via a blog post on the Google Mobile Blog. Google Instant for mobile will be faster than the previous Google Search on mobile devices due to the new AJAX and HTML5 implementation.
Here’s a demo video of the Google Instant for mobile (beta):
Google Instant for mobile is now available for the iPhone/iPod Touch running iOS4+ and Android devices running versions 2.2+. To start using it, just go to Google.com on your mobile device’s web browser. Google Instant for mobile can be enabled or disabled by clicking on “Turn on” or “Turn off” link.
Based on my experience using Google Instant for mobile on my iPhone, the only issue I have is there isn’t enough space to display more search results. This is due to the phone’s small screen size. Only three lines of suggestions show up on the top portion of the screen while the rest of the screen is covered by the keyboard. Other than that, it works fine and makes searching stuff on Google easier and faster.
Anyone tried the Google Instant for mobile (beta) on the iPhone or any Android device? Do you prefer doing your search with or without Google Instant? Please share your thoughts.