Google announces Instant, search-before-you-type

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Rumors have recently surfaced that Google was testing a new search method that might have been released to the public. Today, Google announced on its blog a new way to search — Google Instant. The main idea behind Google Instant is Google will attempt to predict what you are typing before you finish typing and it will display those results instantly. For instance, if I type Motorola Droid 2 into the Google Search box using Instant, as soon as I type Motorola results start displaying the Droid, Droid X, and Droid 2.

Here is what Google wants you to know about Instant:

Dynamic Results – Google dynamically displays relevant search results as you type so you can quickly interact and click through to the web content you need.
Predictions – One of the key technologies in Google Instant is that we predict the rest of your query (in light gray text) before you finish typing. See what you need? Stop typing, look down and find what you’re looking for.
Scroll to search – Scroll through predictions and see results instantly for each as you arrow down.

Google is in the process of rolling out the new search method to everyone, and if you do not like the idea you can always disable it in the preferences. It is currently available for users on browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari and IE 8. Also, Google plans to bring Instant to smartphones this fall, as it noted on Twitter.

Via [Google]

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