Google has officially announced the new search as you type results as "Google Instant" today at the Google Press Conference. The new "Google Instant" provides users with a real-time search results as you type.
Google Instant allows you to search for things without having to refresh the page and also allows users to autocomplete the queries using a tab button. This will allow you to search without having to use the search button.
Google Instant also allows you to browse autocomplete search suggestions by using your arrow keys to view results for a suggestion. According to Marrisa Mayer, Google’s VP of Search, Google Instant is not a search as you type, it is actually a "search before you type" as it calculates search results even before you type in the entire words.
Overall, Google Instant is definitely a great innovation in search and will make searching even more easier and faster. You can check out Google Instant search by visiting http://www.google.com/instant/ and find more info at the official Google blog.
Google Instant Benefits
Faster Searches: By predicting your search and showing results before you finish typing, Google Instant can save 2-5 seconds per search.
Smarter Predictions: Even when you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, predictions help guide your search. The top prediction is shown in grey text directly in the search box, so you can stop typing as soon as you see what you need.
Instant Results: Start typing and results appear right before your eyes. Until now, you had to type a full search term, hit return, and hope for the right results. Now results appear instantly as you type, helping you see where you’re headed, every step of the way.
Some Statistics about Google Instant
- Before Google Instant, the typical searcher took more than 9 seconds to enter a search term, and we saw many examples of searches that took 30-90 seconds to type.
- Using Google Instant can save 2-5 seconds per search.
- If everyone uses Google Instant globally, we estimate this will save more than 3.5 billion seconds a day. That’s 11 hours saved every second.
- 15 new technologies contribute to Google Instant functionality.