March 19, 2008, 10:17 AM — Google's search tool for
mobile phones has increased searches by 20 percent, according to the company.
The software for Nokia,
BlackBerry and now
Mobile phones, makes searching 40 percent quicker, because it needs fewer
clicks and there's no waiting for a browser to download the search engine's
Web page, Google said.
Ease of use has become a mantra for the mobile phone sector, the success of
Apple's iPhone being one of the primary motivating factors. Making services
simpler to use will lead to increased use of mobile Internet in all shapes and
But it is also proving to be true, as in the case of search, according to Google.
"Faster is proving to be much better on the mobile phone," said Google
spokesman Anthony House.
But ease of use isn't the only reason for increased usage. Flat rate data plans
As mobile search grows in popularity so will ad revenues, something that isn't
lost on Google.
"We always say get the users first, then worry about the money,"
But mobile will increase in importance over the next five years as a means
to make more money from search, according to House.
Revenue generated from mobile search will reach US$4.8 billion by 2013, according
to a study from Juniper
Research, published on Tuesday.
Just like Google, Juniper sees ease of use and flat rate data tariffs as driving
But Windsor Holden, principal analyst with Juniper, also has a warning for
carriers and search companies: advertising overload might turn users off and
Google thinks there still is work to be done: The challenge is put ads on the
small screen in a way that isn't annoying to users, House said.