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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Google Flight Search is Now Smartphone Optimized

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/22/...or-android-ios/

"All the key flight-finding features of the desktop version are present: search, discover by location, filter by price, airline and calendar view, and have been optimized for the small screen."

While it isn't a native app it looks like Google did a great job of bringing their web based Flight Search to the smartphone. It's very fast and easy to use, that's for sure. In about four taps I was ready to book a round trip flight. I don't fly often but next time I do I'll definitely give this a try. Just go to www.google.com/flights with your smartphone web browser to try it.

What's your favorite flight planning app? Would you consider using Google Flight Search instead or what features does Flight Search lack?


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Google Instant Previews Now Available On Mobile Browser

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 01:00 PM

http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/20...ailable-on.html

"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."

Google is constantly adding new features to their mobile search page but this is the first one that I may actually use! Sure Google Instant was a fun addition that is honestly pretty pointless on mobile. The keyboard covers the bottom half of the screen while the drop down with your search history covers the rest. There isn't really any place where you can actually see the Instant search results. Google Instant Previews, however, is wonderfully useful.

Normally when searching from my phone I will press and hold on every link and open them in a new window so that I don't loose my place in my search results just in case the link I clicked is totally not what I was looking for. Google Instant Preview for mobile works much like it does on the desktop, providing you with a thumbnail overview of the site the result links to. In your mobile browser you get a nice full screen UI where you can swipe left or right through all of the results on that page. It's really pretty slick. This won't entirely take the place of "Open link in a new window" searching for me but it will sure help most of the time. You should definitely give it a go. Just search for something on your phone then press the little magnifying glass next to the results to open the new Instant Preview UI. Isn't it cool?


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Google Instant: Coming not so Instantly to an Android Phone Near You

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 05:00 PM

http://techcrunch.com/2010/09/08/go...instant-mobile/

"Today at their Search event, Google showed of a huge update: Google Instant. As you can probably guess, this is a way to search in realtime simply by typing. While this new feature is rolling out on Google for users in the U.S. today (and the world shortly), that's only on google.com. But Google gave a sneak preview of what's coming next: Google Instant for Mobile, coming 'later this Fall.'"

At a press conference today, Google announced their latest and greatest addition to the search world, Google Instant. The concept is pretty simple, as you start typing search results are instantly displayed and change as you type. Along with the usual auto predict this should make finding exactly what you want on the web blazing fast or at least a little easier.

What you guys might be interested to know is that Google also demoed Google Instant working flawlessly in Android's mobile browser. What do you think about Google Instant coming to Android this fall? Is it something you think you'll use or could you care less?


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