By Evan Blass | September 8, 2010 2:35 PM
Google today debuted a new type of real-time predictive search called Google Instant, and while the technology is available immediately to desktop users, the company plans on making it mobile later in the Fall. According to TechCrunch, which was present at the launch event, engineer Othar Hansson argued that “typing on a phone is just slower, so the feedback is even more useful.”
The feedback he’s referring to are the search results that begin getting displayed even as the user is typing in a query; combined with Google’s current predictive text algorithm, many searches will be completed by only inputting a few characters, without the need to press Enter or click a radio button. Attendees of the event noted that Google demonstrated the mobile version of Google Instant on the original Motorola Droid — a device that, quite expectedly, is powered by Google’s Android OS.