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The Needs Met Rating is brand new to the guidelines, and on a basic level, it is almost like looking at it from a Panda perspective. This is one of the new ratings for website owners to use to determine whether or not a site is “quality” or not.
Needs Met refers to raters focusing on the mobile searcher’s needs and thinking about “how helpful and satisfying the result is for the mobile user?”
Google also stresses that smartphones should make tasks easy, not problematic.
Entering data may be cumbersome
This isn’t much of a surprise and why Google Chrome and other browsers offer auto-complete for forms. Even said, there are still mobile sites that still offer a very poor form user experience to their visitors.
and I really do wonder whether isn't so much following user behaviour as trying to lead it
I don't think there's any debate about the rapid and continuing increase of mobile usage in pretty much all online industries.
These latest guidelines strongly imply that unless a site satisfies mobile criteria, it will lose ranking and authority on all platforms,