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Google Instant goes mobile

by Sarah Griffiths on 5 November 2010, 09:37

Tags: Google (NASDAQ:GOOG)

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Google has rolled out a beta version of Google Instant to iPhone and Android 2.2 mobile users in the US.

Google announced it would make its predictive search engine available to mobiles when it launched Google Instant back in September, amid a mystery about its logo.

Just like the desktop version, mobile users will be able to type and see predictions of what they might be searching for.

"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 wrote in a blog.

The search giant reckons users will ‘probably see a big improvement in speed' due to AJAX and HTML5 functionality for mobile that updates the page with new results and stops the need to load a fresh page for each query.

Google has said its new mobile service works well on 3G and Wi-Fi networks but as the quality of networks can fluctuate, there is an easy way to turn Instants on and off.

"We're working to support additional countries and languages and more devices in the coming months, so stay tuned," said Google.

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