March 9, 2011

Google Instant Previews now on mobile

Filed under: Android,Gadgets,iOS — yoga @ 11:27 am
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Mention the word Google and mobile and the first thing that comes to mind will be Android, but this time around the search giant has been really busy improving their web apps, especially the search. Back in November, Google launched Google Instant for mobile devices and now they are back with another new feature; Instant Previews.

You can now start using Google Instant previews, it’s available on mobile for Android (2.2+) and iOS (4.0+). It has the same functionalities as the desktop version allowing you to visually compare search results from webpage snapshots, giving you an idea of the content of the webpage before actually clicking it.

For example, if you’re looking for a webpage that has both photos and descriptions, you can use Instant Previews to quickly identify these pages by navigating across the visual search results with a few swipes of your finger. Or perhaps you’re looking for an article, a step-by-step instructions list, or a product comparison chart—with Instant Previews, you can easily spot pages with the right content without having to navigate back and forth between websites and search results. And when the mobile version of a website is available, it’ll show you a preview of the mobile page.

To use Instant Previews on your mobile device, do a search on www.google.com and tap on the magnifying glass next to any search result. A side-by-side comparison view of the webpage previews for the first page of search results will appear. When you find a result you like, tap on the preview to go straight to the website. It’s as easy as finding a recipe for poaching an egg 😉

I’ve tried it out on my HTC Desire with Froyo and they was a few seconds delay before it launched the instant preview window. Once that was up, it was pretty quick. I would assume that the connection you’re using on the mobile make a difference to the speed the page loads as well.

You can learn more about Instant Previews for mobile in the Help Center.


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