Google introduces “Instant Previews” for mobile device web queries

Wed, Mar 16, 2011


Google last week announced a new feature called “Instant Previews” for mobile devices running Android 2.2+ and iOS 4+. The new feature, available in 38 languages, displays website screenshots of search results and lets users swipe through the previews to get a quick taste for what each search result has in store, a particularly useful feature “especially when you have an idea of the content you’d like to see.”

For example, if you’re looking for a webpage that has both photos and descriptions, you can use Instant Previews to quickly identify these pages by navigating across the visual search results with a few swipes of your finger. Or perhaps you’re looking for an article, a step-by-step instructions list, or a product comparison chart—with Instant Previews, you can easily spot pages with the right content without having to navigate back and forth between websites and search results. And when the mobile version of a website is available, we’ll show you a preview of the mobile page.

The feature can be accessed by selecting a magnifying glass icon to the right of any search result.

via Google Blog



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