Google Instant is rolling out to iPhones and Androids. But why use Google.com mobile instead of your built-in search? Because it's really helpful for a few different quick look-ups.
If you haven't seen Google Instant show up when you head to Google.com on your Android or iPhone, it's either because it hasn't quite reached you — or you're on a phone that's without Android 2.2 or the latest iOS release. Here's how it works, ideally:
In practice, Google Instant on a mobile device can be a smidge awkward. That's mainly because your smartphone's keyboard is still raised when Google has results already pulled up. You can press the Back button on an Android or tap elsewhere on a web page on iPhones, but you'll often have to do something to get a peek at just the first result.
Unless you use one of Google's Search Tips with Instant enabled on your phone, and you also give Google.com permission to grab your location. The results appear farther up than the normal results, just under the autocomplete suggestions, and you can usually see them even with the keyboard raised. At left, you can see the results of typing in just "w-e-a" for the weather, then waiting a click for the results to load in.
In the shot above, I'd reduced the keyboard. But with the Search Tips, the results usually load just above the keyboard. Here's where my weather query ended up:
Beyond weather, you can start typing the name of a movie to see where and when it's showing nearby:
Or find out the time if you're deciding whether or not to call somebody:
What are the total time savings on a Google Instant mobile search, as opposed to using your phone's normal type-then-search tool? Probably a second or two, maybe a bit less, each time — but it adds up over multiple uses. It's also easy to switch between queries with Google Instant for mobile. If you don't really dig how it works, you can, of course, just turn it off from the homepage.
Found anything else that makes Instant for mobile a bit more useful? Tell us about it in the comments.