Google Bids Goodbye to Instant Search Results due to Mobile Incompatibility


Google is scrapping off a much-loved feature from its search engine — instant search results — which would’ve started suggesting you search keywords based on what you had already typed.

The Internet has grown into a necessity over time as not only does it offer an immense trove of information but also gives users an easier medium to connect to others, irrespective of physical distance.

And Google search engine is the go to place for most of the internet users to satiate their thirst for knowledge or do just about anything on the internet.

Instant search, which was first introduced to the search engine in 2010, had become an integral part of user experience as it helped get better search keywords and ease the process of searching things on the internet.

However, over the last few years there has been a steady shift of internet users from desktop to mobile and as currently, a majority of people who search Google do so use a mobile phone, Google has decided to make the experience on mobile a bit better too.

Although search results will still auto-populate, the page will not render in real-time, meaning that it’s only after you click on a specific search keyword that Google will return results.

The company is doing so to create a consistent experience throughout desktop and mobile phones.

Since a lot of screen space is occupied by the keyboard on mobile phones, the instant search feature didn’t produce the desired user experience on smartphones.

Google had always provided users with an option to turn off Instant Search feature but seems like that it will now be gone for good soon.

Talking to Search Engine Land, a Google Spokesperson said, “We launched Google Instant back in 2010 with the goal to provide users with the information they need as quickly as possible, even as they typed their searches on desktop devices. Since then, many more of our searches happen on mobile, with very different input and interaction and screen constraints. With this in mind, we have decided to remove Google Instant, so we can focus on ways to make Search even faster and more fluid on all devices.”

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