Google Product Search Formatted for Android, iPhone
Google Product Search,
which can be found here, allows
users to type whatever they're searching for - such as "server software" - into
the search bar and receive results pulled from a variety of shopping sites.
On their smartphone's
browser, users can navigate to Google.com, type in the name of a particular
product, and then click or touch the "Shopping" link that appears in the search
results. They could also click "More" on Google's main search page, and then
click "Shopping" to access Product Search.
"Say you're in a store and having a hard time deciding between two products," Rob Stacey, a software engineer with the Google mobile team, wrote on the Official Google Mobile Blog. "Instead of waiting to go home to check the Internet for ratings and reviews, you can now get all of this information right there on the spot."
Google has increasingly geared itself toward smartphone variants on its core products, particularly as the iPhone gains in popularity and Google's Android operating system becomes more prevalent within the global mobile-device ecosystem.
On April 14, Google
released the Google Android 1.5 "Early Look" SDK for developers, including
a number of new-and-improved tools such as user interface refinements to the
browser. The Early Look SDK features a different component structure than
earlier SDKs, and does not work with older Eclipse plug-ins (ADT 0.8), which in
turn do not work with the new Eclipse plug-in (ADT 0.9).
Google has adjusted other
products in its line to run more effectively on Android, including
an updated version of Gmail specifically designed to run faster on the Android
In an April 16 earnings
CEO Eric Schmidt suggested that Android would have "a very, very strong year"
"We're already aware of many,
many uses of Android, which as you know is open source," Schmidt added. "The
open source part of the strategy is working."
Since making its debut in August 2008, Android has been slowly penetrating the mobile market, with analysts predicting that it will be running on 12 percent of global smartphone shipments by 2012. Companies ranging from Dell to Hewlett-Packard and T-Mobile have been planning a variety of applications for Android, which by the end of 2009 will likely begin a substantial rollout into the mini-notebook, i.e., "netbook" market.