It looks like Google has just decided to kill off its seven-year-old feature on its search engine – Instant Search. Introduced back in 2010, Instant Search provided search results as you key in your query, saving you precious time. However, things have changed a lot since then, and Google has decided to remove Instant Search so they can focus on improving other things.
Google says that the aim of Instant Search when it was launched seven years ago was help provide users with the information they need as quickly as possible. This feature is limited to desktop search only, and since more than half of Google searches are done on mobile devices, they wish to streamline the experience on both platforms, hence removing Instant Search.
“We launched Google Instant back in 2010 with the goal to provide users with the information they need as quickly as possible, even as they typed their searches on desktop devices. Since then, many more of our searches happen on mobile, with very different input and interaction and screen constraints. With this in mind, we have decided to remove Google Instant, so we can focus on ways to make Search even faster and more fluid on all devices.”
The change is effective immediately. Google will still load search suggestions as you type, however, it will not display any results until you press the search button.