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Google Instant Preview  (Source: Google)
Instant Previews will find what you want faster on mobile devices

Google has announced that it has a new Instant Previews service for Android and iOS devices that is available right now. 

As of now, Instant Previews are available on Android 2.2 and higher devices and on iOS 4.0 and higher devices. The new service on the mobile device allows the user to run searches on Google and then hit the magnifying glass next to the results to see a quick preview of the content at the link to save time and find exactly what they need the first time out.

Users have to go to the Google website to use the Instant Previews function. Google software engineer Brian Ngo told eWeek, "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."

Google reckons that the Instant Previews, which is an offshoot of the Google instant search tech, will let users that have an idea of what content they are looking to reach that content faster.

The Google Mobile Blog describes the service, "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, we’ll show you a preview of the mobile page."

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By B3an on 3/9/2011 2:55:53 PM , Rating: 2
Why do you need a newer version of a phone OS in order to see this feature when it's something that seems to be part of googles site itself and has nothing to do with the OS?

RE: Eh
By smackababy on 3/9/2011 4:33:23 PM , Rating: 2
Because it is using Ajax to generate the instant results. This is just an implementation that might not be available to mobile browsers.

RE: Eh
By cjohnson2136 on 3/9/2011 5:24:15 PM , Rating: 2
yeah I am currently building a mobile website for my company and we have to develop two for newer phones with Ajax and one that does not have Ajax enabled for the phones that can't handle it like the old blackberries and some older android sets, not sure about the older iphones

RE: Eh
By RamarC on 3/10/2011 9:12:27 AM , Rating: 2
android 2.2 (froyo) has the dalvik jit compiler that makes it 3-4x faster than older android versions for certain task. this preview feature is more compute intensive and would be too slow to be useful under prior android versions.

Great but..
By Souka on 3/9/2011 12:24:03 PM , Rating: 2
Great but most phones screen is too small to see the search results below.

My DroidX kinda works, but the pop-up keyboard blocks 1/2 the screen so I have to close it to see the results.

I much prefer the simple drop down text to choose from as I can see several results easily.

RE: Great but..
By bplewis24 on 3/9/2011 12:53:17 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know, I thought it worked pretty well on my smaller Droid1.

Sure, you have to exit out of the keyboard, but after you've input the text, you don't need the keyboard up anyway.

After you close the keyboard, click on the magnifying glass and the thumbnail pages render at a very viewable size and scrolling through them is pretty nice.

I think it works decently well.


RE: Great but..
By Smartless on 3/9/2011 1:51:55 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm but I wonder how it does it. Does the webpage load a low res screenshot of the page? As it is my Galaxy S sometimes gets lag on switching between stuff like that.

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