UPDATED 11:50 EST / NOVEMBER 05 2010

Android’s Past the Terrible Twos, Still Suckling HTML 5 for Google Instant

The Google Android OS has turned 3 today. Happy birthday Google Android—we hope to see more of you as you grow into HTML5 along with the rest of the industry.

Google hopes so too, as HTML 5 has become an important part of Google’s mobile search efforts.  An update to Google Instant on Android, along with the iPhone launch, brings an opportunity to note HTML 5’s influence on mobile interactivity.

The evolution of Google Instant brought search usage from the static click-and-go into the brilliant light of results-as-you-type for desktop users. Now, that same power—enabled by AJAX and HTML5—is being rolled out for mobile users as well. The team over at the Google Blog let us in on this innovation with a beautiful video and the technical details,

With Google Instant on mobile, we’re pushing the limits of mobile browsers and wireless networks. You will probably notice a big improvement in speed when you search thanks to a new AJAX and HTML5 implementation for mobile that dynamically updates the page with new results and eliminates the need to load a new page for each query.
Google Instant for mobile works best on 3G and WiFi networks, but since the quality of any wireless connection can fluctuate, we’ve made it easy to enable or disable Google Instant without ever leaving the page. Just tap the “Turn on” or “Turn off” link.

This amazing little new function for Google on mobile arrives on the heels of a lot of HTML5 adoption by both Google and Apple. The technology of HTML5 is seen to act as an alternative to Adobe Flash for mobile phones, such as Apple’s line, that will not run Flash. This release of Google Instant for mobile phones comes alongside a great deal of other innovations for the search giant.


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