Google announces 'Google Instant', predictive search results as you type

Today, at Google’s search event, the Mountain View company announced a new search service titled Google Instant. Google details that over one billion users use the company’s search service each week. Those billions and billions of users, on average, take nine seconds to type a search query and an additional fifteen seconds selecting the appropriate returned result. Google is banking on reducing both of these times by displaying predictive search results as a user types their search query. For example, “the gi” into the search bar will result in instant results for the novel “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” The user will also be presented with several alternative query suggestions for the original string “the gi” (much in the same way search suggestions are presented now). The feature is rolling out today in the U.S. for all users of Chrome, FireFox, Internet Explorer 8, and Safari. Google Instant will begin to appear internationally in the U.K., France, Italy, Germany, and Spain beginning next week.

UPDATE: Google demoed Google Instant running on Android — an original Motorola DROID to be exact — and said it would come to the platform “later this fall.”

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