Built-in instant search coming to Chrome

Unless you’ve been living under a rock since September 8—or, worse, you use Bing—you’ll have noticed that whole "instant search" thing Google is doing now. Seeing results pop up instantly without having to hit enter is neat and all, but many of us initiate search from our browsers’ search fields or address bars, robbing us of the functionality. According to ConceivablyTech, however, Google has a solution up its sleeve, and it’s already begun implementing it in its Chrome web browser.

Based on ConceivablyTech’s description, the instant search integration works in a pretty straightforward way. When the user types a query in the address bar, a Google page with live results replaces whatever the user was looking at before. A turned-page-corner graphic with an arrow at the top left lets the user discard the Google results and go back to his previous browsing session.

The report says Google will probably save this feature for Chrome 8, which is still two releases ahead. (Chrome 6.0 came out earlier this month, and Chrome 7 is still in development.) Now, Google has committed to a six-week cadence for major new Chrome releases, so Chrome 8 might actually be out in time for Christmas. For the time being, you can try out the pre-release instant search integration by grabbing the latest Chromium nightly and launching it with the "-enable-match-preview" switch.

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    • Farting Bob
    • 9 years ago

    By default it loading google results on the same tab as you were using is a thumbs down. Make it load a new tab, switch to it but keep your current tab as it was. Im sure itll do that by release, or itll annoy/confuse alot of people who have no idea what the settings page on a browser looks like.

    • PrincipalSkinner
    • 9 years ago

    So this time next year they will have reached major version 64? WTF? Are they catching up on version numbers with IE and Opera?

    BTW, I was pretty impressed with the latest Opera. Time to switch back.

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 9 years ago

    Dear Google,

    How about you make the search bar less pointlessly ginormous first?

      • UberGerbil
      • 9 years ago

      Firefox seems to be at the head of that particular line….

    • EsotericLord
    • 9 years ago

    It takes me, literally, 4 clicks to opt out of Bings “personalized ads” from the Bing main page.

    I dont even know how to do it in Google.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 9 years ago

    And what’s wrong with Bing?

    I checked out Bing within a week after it was released and haven’t looked at Google since.

    I find Bing maps and pictures to be much superior to Google’s offerings, and although their search is slightly less than Google’s, it’s good enough for me.

    • demani
    • 9 years ago

    I’m amazed that new major versions could be coming out every six weeks. Seriously, we will be using Chrome 16 next December? Seriously? Why can’t Google go to the X.Y scheme so the numbers mean something (and so there is time to standardize-I hate having to do spot tests all the time).

    • jbraslins
    • 9 years ago

    +1 on liking bing

    I also like their daily pic with lil wiki links a ton better than googly doodly crap πŸ™‚

    • FuturePastNow
    • 9 years ago

    Could pose privacy issues, since you’re typing URLs into the same field.

    Of course, most people use search engines to enter URLs anyway.

    • eitje
    • 9 years ago

    I disabled instant search. don’t like it at all.

      • UberGerbil
      • 9 years ago

      Hopefully Chrome will have that as an option as well.

      • thesmileman
      • 9 years ago

      Me too. it is so annoying and distracting

    • flip-mode
    • 9 years ago

    q[

      • YellaChicken
      • 9 years ago

      Lol, when did Cyril turn troll? πŸ™‚

        • porov
        • 9 years ago

        Hahahaha bing sucks.

          • UberGerbil
          • 9 years ago

          Actually, it mostly doesn’t.

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 9 years ago

    I find Bing to give me results much closer than I’m looking for. *shrug*

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    psssshhh more ad-revenue. I’ll stick to opera and IE 9 thanks.

      • pedro
      • 9 years ago

      Those ads help pay for things like developing a kickass browser.

      • Jigar
      • 9 years ago

      Agreed, ad sucks, but this browser is a speed demon and google is just making it more stronger. Now if only it had foxclock plugin. I would be all over it.

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        opera is plenty fast. plus it’s prettier (supporting aero) and doesnt spy on me.

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