Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC has inked an agreement with SRCH2, an enterprise search startup created by Google veterans, to bring Google-like search-as-you-type capability to future HTC devices — a first for the industry.
As HTC tries to differentiate its handsets from the rest of the market, SRCH2 — whose search solution will be incorporated as part of the operating system — will give its users an improved way of searching for content, locations and people on their devices.
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- Instant Forward Search: “Search-as-you-type” functionality means users get results with every keystroke on their mobile devices.
- Rapid GeoSearch: Localized search for places nearby.
- Error Tolerance: Even if you make typos, SRCH2’s functionality still lets users find what they’re looking for.
- Ranking customization: SRCH2 lets developers assign weightings to rank results.
- Real-time updates: Information is indexed as it comes in to the device.
- All-in-one: SRCH2 doesn’t require custom development.
It is not clear when exactly HTC will start rolling out new devices incorporating the SRCH2 functions, and it may not be that big of a game-changer, but users will probably appreciate the convenience that comes along with minor add-on features such as this.
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