updated 01:25 pm EDT, Wed September 8, 2010
Google Instant provides live, dynamic search
Google at its special event today rolled out Google Instant, its codename for a live, as-you-type search. The method provides results on the fly and auto-suggests search queries based on the exact characters. It makes predictions based on past searches and automatically pops up specially formatted information for common searches, such as weather, movie info and images.
The method isn't new on the desktop, such as in Spotlight on a Mac or the Start menu in Windows, but should help users find what they want before they've finished their results, Google said.
Instant needs a modern browser with AJAX and is launching today in the US and Canada for users of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari. Europe and Russia should get the update in coming days. A mobile version for Android, iPhone and other devices is still in development but should come in the fall.