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Google upgrades mobile search

Targets growing mobile user base with more pointed search results

Google is moving to keep up with its mobile users, updating search on devices this week.

The company added two new features, both aimed at getting users on the run to the information they want more quickly.

"When you're searching for information on the go, speed matters," wrote Hiroshi Mizuno and Alex Fischer, Google software engineers, in a blog post.

To make it faster to find information about movies, for example, users should look for a new quick link for "In Theaters" right below the main link on the results page.

"If you want to check out Rotten Tomatoes for a new movie to go see with your friends, you might not want to navigate through the Rotten Tomatoes homepage to find the list of top movies while your friends are anxiously waiting," the blog post said.

"You'll see these expandable sitelinks appear for many sites to help you get to a specific section quickly," wrote Mizuno and Fischer.

They also announced that some search results will have what's called a Quick View badge, which will give the user relevant information without having to click through to a web page.

"Say you're new to poker or need a quick refresh on hands -- just search for "poker hands," and you can now click the blue badge and see a quick view of the Wikipedia page listing out the poker hands immediately," wrote Mizuno and Fischer. "Quick view is an experimental project and is currently enabled for pages from Wikipedia when you search in English on Google.com. We are working to expand this to additional websites."

Google rolls out Quick View, an experimental project that is currently enabled for Wikipedia pages. (Image: Google)

Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, and desktop and laptop chips for Computerworld. Follow Sharon on Twitter at @sgaudin, on Google+ or subscribe to Sharon's RSS feed. Her email address is sgaudin@computerworld.com.

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