Google just announced a new simple, and yet very useful feature of its mobile search service. The new feature is actually a spinoff of the universal search features in Google Suggest that helps you fill up your search query with Google’s keyword suggestions.
With universal search feature added to Google Suggest for mobile, you can now get answers to your queries faster while you are on the go, using of course your mobile phones.
Here’s an example given by Google:
For example, let’s say you’re flying to London and want to know: Is my flight on time? Or what is the exchange rate of the pound? As you type the flight “Ba 284” or “Usd in pounds”, the answers are provided right below the search box, without having to wait for the results page. Other searches that show answers include weather (e.g., “weather london”), stock quotes (e.g., “intc”), current time (e.g., “time london”), calculator (e.g. “29*37”) and unit conversion (e.g., “220 miles in km”).
To use this feature, simply point your phone’s browser to google.com and start typing your search query. If you don’t see special results at first, refresh the page in your phone’s browser.
Universal search features in Google Suggest for mobile supports iPhone/iPods, Android Phones and WebOS. Available for U.S. users only.