Google announced a couple of updates to its mobile search results today. One is for expandable site links like these:
“When you’re searching for information on the go, speed matters,” write software engineers Hiroshi Mizuno and Alex Fischer on Google’s Inside Search blog. “If you want to check out Rotten Tomatoes for a new movie to go see with your friends, you might not want to navigate through the Rotten Tomatoes homepage to find the list of top movies while your friends are anxiously waiting. Now, there’s a faster way to get to the Rotten Tomatoes page with just the info you need most — just look for a new quick link for “In Theaters” underneath the main Rotten Tomatoes link when you search on your mobile phone. You’ll see these expandable sitelinks appear for many sites to help you get to a specific section quickly.”
The other new feature is the addition of “quick view” badges next to some results.
“Say you’re new to poker or need a quick refresh on hands — just search for ‘poker hands’, and you can now click the blue badge and see a quick view of the Wikipedia page listing out the poker hands immediately,” the engineers say.
This is considered an experimental feature, and currently just works with Wikipedia results, but Google says it will expand this in time.