When Google (NSDQ: GOOG) announced the availability of “Instant” searches for the desktop, it was clear how much better it would be for the mobile phone, where keystrokes are more painful and pages take longer to load. Well, Google says today it’s now available for mobile phones, too, and will display actual search results after each letter typed in the search bar.
A beta version is available to most iPhone and Android devices in the U.S. (Android devices running 2.2 and iPhones running iOS 4), just two months after it launched the desktop version. To use it, go to google.com in your phone’s browser and tap the Google Instant “Turn on” link beneath the search box. Google warns that if you don’t see the “Turn on” link, try waiting a moment and then refresh the page. It also says the service is testing the capability of today’s networks, and will work best in a 3G or WiFi environment.
The mobile version works like the desktop version of Google Instant. When you type, you’ll see predictions of what you might be searching for. As an example, Google said if you “anse,” you will see “ansel adams,” along with other predictions. From the T-Mobile G2, I tried typing “Moco,” and received the result “mocospace,” which is one of the more popular mobile social networks. It didn’t return mocoNews, until I typed “mocoN.” When I typed “Sea,” the first result was Sears, and the third auto-type result was “seattle times.”
Google provides a demo video in its blog post here.