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Google Instant goes Mobile

8:54 am on Nov 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Google has brought its "Instant" search engine to mobile devices.

On Thursday, the search giant rolled out a beta version of Google Instant for Android handsets, the Jesus Phone, and the iPod touch. Google Instant is the latest incarnation of the company's primary search engine. It serves up search-results pages as you type, trying to predict what you're looking for.

"Google Instant makes search faster by displaying not just predictions but actual search results as you type," the company said in a blog post. "This saves valuable time on a desktop browser, but wouldn’t it be great to have Google Instant on mobile devices, where each keystroke and page load is much slower and you frequently have just a moment to find the information you need?"

The trouble with Instant is that it's a bit busy, and you have to wonder if Google is narrowing what users ultimately search for, pushing them towards the lowest common search denominator.

6:30 pm on Nov 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I find slow response from Instant sometimes on a regular browser, depending on variations connection speed. So one concern would be how Google's metrics might be skewed by sometimes dicey mobile connectivity. I hope they have a way to account for that.
8:46 pm on Nov 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Is it just me or is this practically unusable on the iPhone? Between the search bar and the on screen keyboard there's like 5 mm of actual search results that you can see, completely pointless.

And I say this as a fan of it on the desktop!