Google Instant Previews brings visual search results to the iPhone

Earlier today Google rolled out their Instant Previews feature for mobile devices like iPhone. The feature adds elegant thumbnail previews to your search results and works perfectly on your iPhone or iPod touch, even bearing a resemblance to the way Mobile Safari handles tab management.

Instant Previews has been available on the desktop since last year but I never found myself actually using it. I've only been playing with it on my iPhone for a few minutes but can already tell you I'll be using Instant Previews a lot more on the go than I ever did on the desktop. Just tap the little magnifying glass next to your search results to see Instant Previews in action.

If you don't have your iPhone handy then check out the video after the break to get a better idea of how it works, and don't forget to let us know what you think in the comments!

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Andrew Wray

Andrew Wray is a Salt Lake City, Utah based writer who focuses on news, how-tos, and jailbreak. Andrew also enjoys running, spending time with his daughter, and jamming out on his guitar. He works in a management position for Unisys Technical Services, a subsidiary of Unisys Corporation.

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Google Instant Previews brings visual search results to the iPhone


Somewhat off topic; but please help me out anyway: Did something change at Wikipedia or Google so that when I click through to wiki articles from Google search results on my iPhone (4), I am now seeing the full-web / desktop layout and not the mobile version anymore?
I can't figure out how to make the mobile versions default. I know I can add .m (after .en) but this is rather tedious, and I just prefer the mobile version.

Can anyone get this working on the iPad?
I thought instant search was working, but it isn't. Neither is instant preview.
The iPhone version is working fine though.

Hmm. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to work (at least yet) with Atomic Browser or Mercury Browser, even if they're identified as Mobile Safari for iPhone. I may have to switch back to Mobile Safari, because this is a very useful feature.