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Picture : Old Google vs Instant Search vs Chrome OS

Instant search is Google's first step towards what can be considered as the holy grail of human/computer interaction, the one click interface, a paradigm that permeate recent significant Google innovations such as Chrome and Android.

To better understand the concept, we compared how Google search used to work, is working and how Google intend it to work in the future; we thought that building a table comparing the three might be the easiest way of illustrating that.

As you can see, before Chrome Instant, users needed to follow 12 steps from switching on your computer to clicking on the appropriate link. With Google Instant, that number is cut to 10 and with Chrome OS, Google hopes to cut it to five.

Launching your OS (which is in effect your browser), highlighting the URL field (which might be the default), type in the query, evaluate the Search Engine Results Page and clicking on the appropriate link; changing the search query will just be a matter of pressing backspace and typing in again.

Google says that the new Instant feature will shave around 3.5 seconds on average for each query. It is likely to be even higher with Chrome OS.

Check the video below from Google called "What is Google Chrome OS?" to learn more.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.