Google today brought Google Instant to most iPhone and Android devices in the U.S.
Google Instant makes search faster by displaying not just predictions but
actual search results as you type. In September Google started working on
bringing Google Instant to mobile, and today the company is making a beta
version available to iPhone and Android devices in the U.S. To try it out,
go to google.com in your phone?s browser and tap the Google Instant "Turn
on" link beneath the search box.
Like the desktop version of Google Instant, when you type on your mobile
device you?ll see predictions of what you 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 Instant on mobile is also faster when you search thanks to a new
AJAX and HTML5 implementation that dynamically updates the page with new
results and eliminates the need to load a new page for each query.
Google Instant for mobile works best on 3G and WiFi networks, but since
the quality of any wireless connection can fluctuate, Google has made it
easy to enable or disable Google Instant without ever leaving the page.
Google Instant for mobile is currently available for Android 2.2 ("Froyo")
devices and iPhones and iPods running iOS 4 in the U.S. in English. Google
is working to support additional countries and languages and more devices
in the coming months.