Google has begun rolling out its Instant functionality to smartphones, promising a faster and more productive search experience for users of iPhone and Android handsets.
Available now to US smartphone users and coming to the UK and other countries in the coming months, Google Instant is designed to make searches faster by delivering the results in real-time as the user types.
“If you type ‘anse’, for example, you should see ‘ansel adams’ along with other predictions,” explained software engineer Steve Kanefsky in a blog post.
“Results for the first prediction appear automatically, and tapping on the other predictions will display those results. Pressing the enter key or the search button skips the predictions and will display results for exactly what you’ve typed.”
Google Instant for Mobile is powered by HTML5 and Ajax technology, which eliminates the need to load a new page for each query, he added.
A turn on/off link offers users an easy way to disable the feature should they find the quality of their internet connection cannot fully support the new functionality.
It’s currently available for Android 2.2 devices and iPhones and iPods running iOS 4 in the US.
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