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This article was published on October 22, 2013

HTC’s future devices to have search-as-you-type function after agreement with ex-Googlers’ SRCH2

HTC’s future devices to have search-as-you-type function after agreement with ex-Googlers’ SRCH2
Kaylene Hong
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Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in Kaylene Hong was Asia Reporter for The Next Web between 2013 and 2014, based in Singapore. She is bilingual in English and Mandarin. Stay in touch via Twitter or Google+.

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.

Here are some SRCH2 features that future HTC devices will see:

  • 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.

Headline image via John.Karakatsanis / Flickr