Google Instant Now Available for Mobile Devices

Google has released a beta of Google Instant for mobile devices. Instant, the search enhancement Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) introduced in September, is designed to give user's quicker access to results by providing results as soon as just the first few characters or words are typed into the search box. For example, Instant may start showing weather reports (a common query) after the user has typed in the letters W-E.

"With Google Instant on mobile, we're pushing the limits of mobile browsers and wireless networks. You will probably notice a big improvement in speed when you search thanks to a new AJAX and HTML5 implementation for mobile that dynamically updates the page with new results and eliminates the need to load a new page for each query," said Google software engineer Steve Kanefsky in blog post .

The initial release is available for Android 2.2 ("Froyo") devices and iPhones and iPods running iOS 4 in the United States in English. Kanefsky sad to "stay tuned" for news of support for additional countries and languages and more devices in the coming months.

Mobile users can get Google Instant by going to Google.com in the phone's browser and tapping a Google Instant "Turn on" link beneath the search box.

Kanefsky noted Google Instant for mobile works best on 3G and Wi-Fi networks, "but since the quality of any wireless connection can fluctuate, we've made it easy to enable or disable Google Instant without ever leaving the page. Just tap the "Turn on" or "Turn off" link.

Google has also posted a YouTube video demonstrating the new Google Instant for mobile.

The news comes at a time when Google continues to dominate its closest search rivals, Microsoft's Bing and Yahoo.

Google's also has been active on a few other mobile fronts of late. Last week Google released security enhancements for Android devices designed to make it easier for IT to manage the devices from within Google Apps.

And earlier this week, reports surfaced that Google is getting set to release a branded notebook powered by the company's Chrome OS that will facilitate Web-based applications and services rather than the locally-stored apps notebook users have traditionally relied on.

David Needle is the West Coast bureau chief at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.

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