Google Instant Preview: Now Mobile
Google has taken their Instant Preview for search queries and have gone and made it mobile worthy. As long as you have an Android phone running Froyo (2.2) or above, or an iOS device running iOS 4.0 and above, you’ll have access to Instant Preview.
When you run a search from the google website on your phone browser, you’ll find a magnifying glass icon on the right side. When you click on it, it’ll show you a snapshot of the search results, including youtube pages and mobile friendly pages (if available), to help you pick the result that you want.
You’ll get something like the image below.
You can scroll sideways to see all the snapshots, and then tap on the page you want to directly go there. I tried this over WiFi and EDGE and it worked quite well, so this is a definite improvement over hunting for the right search result.
Here’s the post from Google’s Official Mobile Blog, along with a video that explains how it works.
“Instant Previews provides a fast and interactive way to evaluate search results. Starting today, Google Instant Previews is available on mobile for Android (2.2+) and iOS (4.0+) devices across 38 languages. Similar to the desktop version of Instant Previews, you can visually compare search results from webpage snapshots, making it easier to choose the right result faster, especially when you have an idea of the content you’d like to see.
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.
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:
You can learn more about Instant Previews for mobile in our Help Center. We hope that you enjoy finding the right result faster with Instant Previews!”
Source: Google Mobile Blog