Saturday, July 2, 2011

Google improves web search for BlackBerry smartphones

Posted By Ray Nicolini

BlackBerry users reliant on Google for web search have a few improvements to look forward to today. The search giant has just updated web search for BlackBerry 6.0 WebKit-enabled handsets, so searches are faster and auto-complete populates quicker as you type. Overall, the experience should make life a little easier for BlackBerry smartphone users with the new tweaks to the search engine.
Here’s what’s new:
  • Enter searches faster: Save time by using autocomplete and search history queries that appear beneath the search box as you type.
  • Web search: Find what you’re searching for fast. Comprehensive results pages let you see relevant websites, images, videos, news, real-time results and more. Simply click on the arrow button ‘>>’ to the left of the top search box for more refinement options.
  • Image search: Swipe through image results quickly and easily on touch enabled devices. Start by selecting ‘Images’ at the top of, then enter a search. From there, click on any image to view a larger size.
  • Local search: Find restaurants, shops and other popular business categories with a single tap. Start by selecting ‘Places’ at the top of, then click on an icon from the Places homepage.
The new features are available for BlackBerry OS 6 or higher with WebKit browsers, and Google says that it is accessible in 20 different languages in over 70 different countries–very convenient. If your life revolves around Google searches, be sure to give this a try on your RIM handset.
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