Google have just rolled out an update to their mobile version of Google Suggest, allowing smartphone owners to get answers to a myriad of different questions faster and easier.
Google Suggest has been fully featured on the desktop for some time but has only recently been ported over to the mobile version of the search engine.
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Instead of having to complete a full search query, users will be presented with suggested answers as they type it in.
Google provides some relevant examples:
let’s say you’re flying to London and want to know: Is my flight on time? Or what is the exchange rate of the pound? As you type the flight “BA 284” or “USD in Pounds”, the answers are provided right below the search box, without having to wait for the results page.
Other searches that show answers include weather (e.g., “weather london”), stock quotes (e.g., “intc”), current time (e.g., “time london”), calculator (e.g. “29*37”) and unit conversion (e.g., “220 miles in km”).
To try out Google Suggest on your mobile, simply point your browser to google.com and type in a search query as you would normally. Answers should automatically appear but may need a few refreshes to get it working.
Google Suggest is currently enabled on Android-powered devices, iPhones/iPods and Palm WebOS devices and is confirmed only for US users (although you may find it works in your country). Support for all demographics is currently in progress.