BlackBerry Users Get a Gaggle of New Google Mobile Features
Google mobile search gets more BlackBerry-friendly, with improved results, enhanced navigation and related search terms. If you're searching the Internet with your RIM smartphone, the user experience should get a lot better.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
Yesterday, search giant Google launched a number of enhancements to its U.S. mobile search results pages for Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry browser, resulting in more types of results being displayed on single pages, including images, Web and news, as well as lists of related queries.
A wider variety of result types for search queries. When BlackBerry users surf to Google.com and search, they now will find results from Google’s product, blog and news archive engines instead of just Web or current news results.
Simpler selection of result types. More kinds of search results may appear on query pages, but they are easier to navigate. That’s because of text at the top of each results page links directly to, say, Google News or image search results.
More text from Web pages displayed within results. Along with a headline and link to relevant stories, the results pages show more text from those stories. You are more likely to find what they’re looking for without ever leaving Google.
Related search terms. At the bottom of any results pages, BlackBerry browser users will now find a selection of related search terms to help tweak queries.
“We have taken desktop elements that have tested well on mobile and further optimized them for the mobile use case,” reads a post on the official Google Mobile blog. “Improving mobile search is a continuous process and we hope you find the releases this past month to move the needle on what we care most about: quality, speed and ease of use.”
(The video demo below shows some of the new Google mobile BlackBerry features in action.)
New Google Mobile Features on BlackBerry
On the BlackBerry front, Google also offers a tool to help RIM smartphone users locate all of its available mobile search services and ensure those services are up to date. The free Google Mobile Updater application, currently available only to BlackBerry users, includes several features:
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.