Google Mobile Search Gets New Recent Icon

By: Chris Crum - March 5, 2012

Google announced the launch of a new local search featurew for mobile devices. There’s a new “recent” icon that appears on on Android devices and iPhones, which will show info about places you have recently searched for.

You can swipe right to see additional icons for other categories of places.

Recent Google searches

Google software engineer Junichi Uekawa writes on the Google Mobile Blog, “How often are you doing a Google search from your computer to find information about a place before going there? Now, next time you go to on your Android phone or iPhone, information about that place will be conveniently available under the new ‘Recent’ icon. Calling, getting directions or seeing details about the places you just searched for is now only one tap away.”

“We provide this new convenience feature for users who have Web History enabled and are logged into Google when doing their search,” adds Uekawa. “Start by searching for a place on your PC or other devices, then login to’s mobile homepage and check the Recent icon. Information about previously searched places will be available under the Recent icon for about a day.”

The feature should make finding things quicker and easier.

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  • شات يمني

    good job uncle google always new features

  • jung

    Does anyone know how to remove this icon or atleast clear “recent”? I’m getting some random location that I never been to or searched.

  • Sarah

    This is a simple, yet very useful innovation. It’s not much, but it will add a new dimension to Google searching. Far too many times I have found something from a search and then not being able to find it again – this will eliminate that frustration. I hope that this expands beyond Android and iPhones.

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