Google posts Windows Phone app, adds Instant to mobile site

By on November 9, 2010, 10:14 AM
Google has released its first Windows Phone 7 app: Google Search. The application currently allows you to search in four sections: web, images, local, and news. It also features auto-suggestions (but not Google Instant) and uses your current location to provide more relevant results.

The search giant released its free app yesterday, the same day Microsoft launched Windows Phone in the US. Windows Phone 7 ships with Bing integrated as part of the mobile OS but Google is offering an alternative to that experience. The application is available now in the marketplace, and while it's not as integrated into the mobile OS as Bing is, nobody can argue with having the option to use alternatives.

Google also recently updated its mobile website to include Google Instant, which displays search results as you type. The feature was released for desktop browsers two months ago, and Mountain View then said it was planning to port the feature to mobile platforms.

You may think the feature would be slow on mobile browsers but Google says a new AJAX and HTML5 implementation dynamically updates the page with new results without the need to load a new page for each query. The feature is still in beta and must be enabled by hitting the Google Instant "Turn on" link beneath the search box on Google.com.

Google Instant for mobile is currently only available on Android 2.2 (codename Froyo) devices and iPhones and iPods running iOS 4 in the US, in English. Google says this is "most iPhone and Android devices in the US," which is inaccurate since most users don't have the latest version of Android or iOS. In any case, the company says it's working to support additional countries and languages and more devices in the coming months.





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Xero07 said:

Good app for it to have

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Good, I don't Like Bing, so I would be swayed more to get a different phone other than a Phone 7 if it was locked to Bing.

Demons said:

Pretty cool feature from google. It always amazes me how much google has been able to integrate into the web browser you already use on your mobile device. Don't have a windows phone though... last time I had a windows smart phone, I hated it!

thedrelle said:

Nice to see that Google isn't Ignoring the windows 7 mobile market.

Jibberish18 said:

Cool but not if it's an app. I thought BING for the iPhone was very nicely done but I never used it because it was an app. If it's not integrated, I'm not going to take the time to open it up just to use it.

thedrelle said:

Jibberish18 said:

Cool but not if it's an app. I thought BING for the iPhone was very nicely done but I never used it because it was an app. If it's not integrated, I'm not going to take the time to open it up just to use it.

I'm pretty certain Microsoft is not going to allow a integrated Google search bar on their phones.

customcarvin customcarvin said:

Too bad Google cant completely replace everything Bing on the device, I would consider getting a Windows phone if they could... I don't like Bing very much at all.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Not a bad move at all.

MS didn't do anything wrong when they integrated bing in their product, because that is exactly what google did with android. By the way we do remember how Google got this big right?

As an alternative Bing is just as good as goolge.

Decimae said:

Google also recently released google instant previews:

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Also @ Archean; you can use other 3rd party apps to replace all gapps. You can't do that with WP7 I think.

customcarvin customcarvin said:

As an alternative Bing is just as good as goolge.

In the words of Martin Lawrence, "You so crazy"

I also found it funny how you capitalized "Bing", but didn't do the same with "goolge", or spell it right for that mater. Was this mere coincidence, or intentional? ...Do you work for Microsoft?

Puiu Puiu said:

I don't like bing at all (except maybe the maps which are a bit better than google's). They also need to port the preview feature that they are working on at the moment (although the small screen is a bit of a drawback).

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