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Google Instant search is live for Android (2.2+)

November 4, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

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Google Instant search is rolling out to some Android users. I just spotted a few people talking about it online, fired up Google.com, and sure enough, Instant search is now available.

Instant Search is a new search method Google unveiled in September. As the name implies, results appear instantly as someone keys-in a word or phrase. Type “Android blog” and Google will show a list of blogs, including this one ;) , before you even hit the enter key.

Google previously stated that the desktop version of Google Instant saves users about 2 to 5 seconds each search query. Saving time on mobile search is arguably more valuable considering that download speeds are typically slower. However, Instant loses some of the appeal because virtual keyboards take up half the screen, leaving very little space to display results as you type.

Go to Google.com and start testing it for yourself. There is no guarantee that your device will have the feature, so don’t flame us if that’s the case. Refresh the page once and you should see a link under the search tab showing that “Instant (Beta) is off: Turn on.”

UPDATE: Android 2.2 or higher is required.