Google Instant for Android

Google just announced that its Google Instant search is officially available for any device running Android 2.2. Just like on the desktop browser, you'll need to go to google.com for this to work (and you'll need to tap the "turn on" link the first time to get it going). Then just start typing your search, and results will appear -- instantly -- below.

Of course, this would be a lot more useful on Android phones if it worked by pressing the search button -- how many of us actually go to google.com on our phones? But we digress. Video of it in action is after the break. [Google]

 
There are 22 comments

mjollnir11 says:

Hi, sorry for off-topic, but how did you get the battery percentage to display on your notification bar?

gmonkey88 says:

If you have cyanogenmod: from main screen / menu / settings / cyanogenmod settings / user interface / status bar / check battery percentage.
you can also change the color of the text that displays the battery percentage.

mjollnir11 says:

Ah, thank you. It's such a nice little UI touch. Guess it's time to consider Cyanogenmod... :)

seraphemz says:

Vaelpak 2.3 has it automatically too.

Johnston212 says:

I personally use Battery Percentage. I think it is $0.99 on the marketplace, but you get both a widget with the actual percentage and a notification icon with the percentage as well.

Simba501 says:

Nice...

iPwn says:

I mainly use Google from the browser. I hate that the Google widget on my homescreen always keeps history, forcing me to always have to go into my settings if I want to delete it. It's more of a hassle than a convenience.

Smokexz says:

Lol hiding something?

benthe1 says:

Guy: huh? Hiding something? But I never look at porn.
Wife: I didn't mention porn.
Guy: oh.....(busted)

Smokexz says:

True that Phil, I almost never get on Google.com I hope they update the widget

i turn it on but it wont work ?

Gee says:

They should make it something like this but modified for the Android Google search widget: http://dribbble.com/shots/67368-A-Better-Chrome-Instant?offset=3

jonnyl says:

I can understand why they wouldn't implement Instant for the search widget/button when you're searching more than just the web, but it would be nice if they could enable Instant for widgets that only search the web.

alovell83 says:

They don't have instant search in Chrome's omnibar, it's a bit early to be expecting it from the widget.

Agree with Phil: Get this on Android devices using the search button, Google!

Flip says:

I go to google.com but is not giving me anything to turn it on...

indianajonze says:

me either. wtf

Flip says:

Does anybody know how to get Google infant to work, I go to Google.com but it doesn't show me the link anywhere on the page to turn on

DreamSTi says:

I had to go into the browser settings and clear all data, cookies ect. and it then gave me the option to enable it. And by the way, I go to google.com from my phone MANY times a day.

w5cyc says:

Good call! That method got it to work for me, too. Erased my bookmarks, but with voice search, who cares? Voice search is a lot quicker going to a specific page than opening the browser and selecting the bookmark.

Eazy123 says:

I access Google from the browser too. It's one icon, as opposed to a 1x4, plus if I ever need to go back to the page I was just at, I just open the browser again and there it is. If I need the voice search, I just hold the search button.

ipsi says:

Meh. Still US-only.