Google rolls out mobile Instant Search

Google changed the search industry with the release of Google Instant Search a few months back, and it has since become a ubiquitous part of the search engine, a feature we quickly came to take for granted. Displaying search results as you typed them, thereby getting rid of the need to actually “submit” a search, showed that Google was ready to take search technology to new heights.

Now, Google is announcing, via the Official Google Blog, that Google Instant Search has an official beta release for both the iOS 4 and Android 2.2 platforms. It can be accessed by simply turning on the functionality in the link on the mobile search page. In a search market where Google has more than 95% market share (the mobile search market), enabling Instant Search functionality is simply one more nail in the coffin of other mobile search providers.

The system is still a little buggy, as it is still a beta. We had to reload the Google page a few times when it suddenly stopped displaying our Instant Search results, and the search history recommendations drop-down selector seems to be persistent to the point of annoyance, getting in the way of the search results and ruining the experience. We would like to think that Google will tackle these problems as they pop up.

Instant Search could be more important on a mobile device than on a desktop. On a smartphone, you want instant access to content, and time is measured in how many times you have to touch the screen to accomplish a task. The seconds shaved off of searches by using Instant Search are worth more on a mobile phone than they are on a desktop.

Included in the beta release are general improvements to the HTML5 and AJAX code that Google promises will speed up the general search experience as well. 

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PotatoJ said,
Help, I don't like the way a company runs things. What should I do??

Force them to change it? Complain? Move to a competitor? Unfortunately, I can only try the two first options, because my business depends on Google. Bing or Yahoo don't even compare to Google's traffic.

Yep, I also HATE that feature. Sometimes I reference the previously search results for my new Google search. With instance search, I start typing and my previous search goes away. God I hate this feature.

warwagon said,
Yep, I also HATE that feature. Sometimes I reference the previously search results for my new Google search. With instance search, I start typing and my previous search goes away. God I hate this feature.

I hate it too. This thing uses so much more power from the servers. Definitely not green at all. It is like multiplying the number of enters you type indefinitely.

How many of us have disabled the instant search feature? I know I have along with a coworker. The feature drives me BATTY!

I have to say, THANK YOU Google! I don't know what I would have done if the feature wasn't optional. Though the fact that it's on by default annoys me enough as it is.

Good news. I've been getting used to using it on the desktop, so it's nice to have the same feature on my Nexus One

I've still had problems with the Website based version of this, God the think what it'll be like on my mobile

"and it has since become a ubiquitous part of the search engine, a feature we quickly came to take for granted."
really? huh... i still mostly search from the address bar in my browser

Leonick said,
"and it has since become a ubiquitous part of the search engine, a feature we quickly came to take for granted."
really? huh... i still mostly search from the address bar in my browser

+1 Opera FTW!

dotf said,
Because my data plan can take this.

You can easily toggle the service off on the Google search page if you think it will take too much data.

dotf said,
Because my data plan can take this.

Agreed, though I hope goggle's moves, like this, may force operators to increase their crappy bandwidth limits and actually invest and upgrade their infrastructure with the money they get. I've been without WiFi for the past month, as i moved into a new place, and if i was to abide by o2's 500mb limit I would have had my phones internet turned off for half of that month