Mar 05 AT 8:41 PM Edgar Cervantes 16 Comments

Google unifies search experience with ‘Recent’ button for mobile site


We know Google is all about searching, and the company has just made the process a bit better for Android devices. With the release of the “Recent” button on Google’s mobile site, local searching is now more integrated and multi-platform friendly.

The new feature allows users to access recent searches straight from the Google mobile site. For example, one can search for a restaurant or venue on a computer and then access the same information by looking under the “Recent” category on any Android or iPhone device. The same applies for searches initiated by other tablets or phones.

It functions a bit like Chrome to Phone, but only works with Google searches. Instead of using Chrome to Phone to get all the details about that local restaurant, one can just walk out and get the details via your browser later (available for about a day). Not a huge feature, or something we can’t do using other methods, but it will definitely make things much simpler.

Users will have to have Google Web History enabled in order to use this service, and of course being logged in to your Google Account is a must. Other than that, things are ready and you should be able to enjoy this new feature. Go ahead and check it out, and be sure to stop by and let us know what you think. Do you think you will be using this feature more than Chrome to Phone?

Source: Google Mobile Blog

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • Hall Lo

    Indeed it’s very useful. Without additional softwares and consider that it’s on the mobile site, this is really convenient!

    • Jeff Pan

      If Web History is enabled and you are logged in, why do we even need this feature? Cant you just look up your search history and click on the link?

      Any why is it available only for a day? I thought the web history stays for ever.

      • honourbound68

        not sure if web history is enabled when you move from desktop to phone. but i think this is more for that purpose.

  • honourbound68

    I can’t tell you how many times i’ve searched for something on my desktop then need it later when i’m on the road. this will be useful

    • professandobey

      I’m really enjoying the whole unified experience Google is setting up across it’s services.

  • spazby

    Extremely useful

  • deepak

    Somebody please share some use cases as could not think of anything. I really don’t think I will be using it at all..

    • delinear

      It’s really just a more user friendly way of accessing your search history. Increasing the usability of services for regular users is always a good thing, even if power users already know about this functionality.

  • ricecakes

    I already get this kind of functionality by using the built in search app. When i click in google search widget or open ‘search’ from the app drawer, my recent google searches already populate in that list. Maybe it’s an Ice Cream Sandwich feature but I vaguely remember having it even in Android 2.x.

  • Jorge Branco

    The chrome beta is fantastic for this. Having your last open tabs always automatically available is a god send.

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  • Sarah

    This is a simple, yet very useful innovation. It’s not much, but it will add a new dimension to Google searching. Far too many times I have found something from a search and then not being able to find it again – this will eliminate that frustration.

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  • Slith

    I had disabled search history after the March 1st changes. I guess maybe I will resume it now.

  • david bruce

    chrome to phone and evernote!!?