We put three Android mobile search apps from Bing, Google, and Yahoo to the test to find out which one delivers the most useful information on shopping, movies, restaurants, general search, and more.
Desktop search? That’s so last decade. Today, we’ve gone mobile–and so have search leaders Bing, Google, and Yahoo. In this active age, we’re just as likely to turn to our smartphone to find what we want as we are to boot up our PC. And though many people consider Google the king of desktop search, things are not so clear-cut when it comes to mobile search, in part because delivering relevant blue links is only one aspect of a great mobile search experience.
Mobile search is demanding. It’s about navigating small screens; working with always-on, location-aware devices; handling speech input; and accomplishing a task. As users, we tend to have zero tolerance for irrelevant search results as we wait in line at Starbucks and search for movie show times. And when our phone finds a movie time, it had better deliver reviews, GPS coordinates to the closest theater, and an option to buy tickets.