Google Custom Search for mobile

Thursday, October 22, 2009 | 4:07 PM

Google Custom Search makes it easy for web site owners to add Google-powered search boxes to their sites. Since a rapidly growing percentage of web search traffic originates from smartphones, we're pleased to announce that Google Custom Search now formats search results for mobile phones.

If you own a web site and add a Google Custom Search box to it, when your users access the site on an Android-powered phone, iPhone, iPod Touch, or Palm Pre, they will can see optimized search results formatted for these devices. When they search on your web site, they are can be redirected to a Google-hosted Custom Search mobile results page created specifically for your Custom Search engine. If you'd like to serve these mobile results from your own web site, you can host your own version of the mobile Custom Search home page.



You can test this out on your phone right now. Here are a few samples: search for user-generated content (e.g., search for "zakumi") from sites like Wikipedia or Knol, or look for more information on Custom Search (e.g., search for "promotion"). As you can see, Custom Mobile Search results can match the look and feel of your own website, and we've enabled interactive features, such as label tabs for navigation, as well as promotions. Look for more features coming soon, too. For more information on Custom Search, and more details on the mobile configuration, visit the Custom Search blog.

Let us know how this works on your favorite smartphone.

Update on 10/23 @ 9:06 AM: Note that some configuration is required for the mobile-formatted results to be shown.

11 comments:

Cal Phillips said...

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wrongERRORproblem said...

cool, that awesome. like it

Cal Phillips said...

Great! Maybe one day Sprint Global Tour model will be added to the list of models, having The Best of both worlds.

teknolog said...

And what about Symbian?

Olivier said...

Strange the lack of mobile apps from Google for the Blackberry...except for Maps.

hayden said...

That's not Google's fault or intention I'm sure. The BlackBerry browser simply does not cut it. It does not support even the simplest of html5/web 2.0 technologies.

There's a short bit about that here:
http://forums.pinstack.com/f52/5_things_that_all_great_smartphones_should_have-114734/
(see point # 5)

We gzipped out mobile site a while back to find out that the BB browser does not support gzip either:
http://code.google.com/speed/articles/gzip.html

Thanks for this update, we will be adding mobile CS to our site. I would also like to see advanced CS options such as... search titles only & sort results by date. This would allow us/many to convert 100% of all our site's searches (both PC and mobile search) to Google custom search.

Kavita said...

nice posting

Geffá Felipe said...

How to UNSYNC your Google Account from an Android Mobile phone?

Can you post that guys?

wap said...

Please read this topic in Custom search discussion groups, hope you can fix this problem

wap said...

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/customsearch/thread?tid=1c870cf94d6f5644&hl=en

Steven said...

will site owner get paid? search ads rev share?