Google have specified that Rich Results are now available for video and recipe content within Google Image Search on mobile devices. If you perform a Google Search for “Daily Show Youtube” via mobile, it will fetch video thumbnails amongst regular image results that when clicked on results in an information rich panel. If you select watch, it will take you to the original video.
Recipe Rich Results are also enabled to appear in image search on mobile devices, providing users with a recipe card when clicked on. The new feature is specifically meant to help users discover more through their search results and suggest actions they can take to improve user experience.
Instant Search removed from Google
Further updates from Google to improve user experience includes the removal of the Instant Search feature on desktop devices. Instant Search originally autocompleted a user’s search within the search bar and automatically fetched search results based on the input.
Recommended search results will still appear on the search drop-down, but the results page will no longer render in real time.
A Google Spokesperson explained the change:
“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.”
Updates to Google Search Console
Google have announced a re-design of Search Console, with a focus on providing more actionable insights, a better workflow experience and faster feedback loops between the user and Google. These changes will be rolling out as part of a beta testing phase over the coming weeks.