Typing SUCKS; or why Google made Instant Search, Goggles, Voice Search, QR Codes and Chrome To Phone

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Yesterday Google unveiled Instant Search, a redesigned Google homepage which searches with every letter you query. Which will be useful especially on keyboard-less devices1.

Google Instant is not so much a conspiracy on a future Google tablet device (as this’ll no doubt work on the iPad as well), as much as it is the latest marker on a long road to a keyboard-less future, a road which has so far included:

  • Google Googles, the Android app which uses photos to search
  • Voice Search, which tries (but usually fails) to scan your voice and convert it to text
  • Chrome To Phone, the Chrome extension which sends the current page, map or YouTube video to your Android device
  • QR codes, which Android users used the “barcode scanner” application to scan to get Android Market links

In my anecdotal studies, QR codes are largely ridiculed although for a number of things I find them quite useful. Typing on a device does indeed suck, and the solution is not improving keyboards. In the long run, it’s making keyboards obsolete; in the near run, it’s making sure we need them as little as possible.


  1. It’s also going to be useful for ad impressions, as Google will now get up to 5 ad impressions if you search for “kanye” whereas you’d previously get only one  

5 thoughts on “Typing SUCKS; or why Google made Instant Search, Goggles, Voice Search, QR Codes and Chrome To Phone”

  1. Bored robot says:

    Actually, most if not all kids, and most adults need to use the keyboard. Like adding comment or reply, or writing a story, or a presentation, or simply messing around with notepad and narrator.

  2. Nicole says:

    QR codes are the easiest way I’ve found to locate specific apps in the Android Market. Browsing is awful and the search function does not always behave as I would expect from Google.

  3. Chris says:

    You can have my keyboard when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.

  4. Rich Mintzer says:

    Google staffers have run out of things to create to justify their jobs. Instant search SICKS, as do most of the latest crap from Google – they couldn’t leave well enough alone so to give more credibility to the incredibly stupid people who are overtaking the earth – like the Tea Party among other groups – they are working long and hard to create anything they can to help the morons of society –

  5. Michael says:

    I would be happy if it worked! BUT IT DOES NOT. I’m not American and the speech recognition really sucks. I would say even worse than Microsoft speech recognition.

    The translate speech recognition from Google works a little bit better. But not really reliable enough for day-to-day use.

    Google FIX it. Companies have been launching shitty speech recognition services for over 2 decades. Why did you just release another lemon?

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