Google is rolling out its Instant Search facility to devices using the Android and Apple iOS operating system, six months after adding the feature to the desktop.
The Instant Search function, which is still officially in beta, shows suggested search topics based on predictive analysis of the words being entered. It will work on Android 2.2 and above and iOS 4.0 or later.
"With Instant, we're pushing the limits of mobile browser technology, so the performance may not always be perfect, particularly on slow connections," a Google spokesperson told V3.co.uk.
"Because of this we made Instant on mobile an opt-in feature and are calling it a beta. We will continue improving the feature and making it faster."
Google has high hopes for the function, saying that reducing the number of keystrokes needed to make a search has appeal for mobile users.
The company pointed out that only two per cent of desktop search users have turned off the Instant Search feature since the rollout, which is low considering that the opt out button is right next to the search bar.
Google did not say when it will add the feature to Microsoft Phone 7 handsets, other than to confirm that it is working to bring services to a number of platforms.
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