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Did tablets really changed the way we search?

13 September 2011 No Comment

ipad search engine scoreMore and more search results are being delivered through iPad (and look-alikes): does the old ‘I search, you give results’ paradigm changed in any way?

Mashable reports on this topic quoting Norman Winarsky, longtime search expert and co-founder of a personal assistant startup (SRI) that was acquired by Apple.

“Tablets enable a full, interactive experience that involves not only text, but potentially speech and interactions,” he says.

Search on tablets will incorporate how you engage with your tablet’s touchscreen, front and back cameras and microphone. “Where are you looking? What are you seeing? How much time are you spending reading?,” he says as ways to imagine new avenues for search on tablets.

What’s next?

The future of search, as pioneered by the tablet’s form factor, is the dynamic interaction among all of your senses, foretells Winarsky.

Winarsky’s predictions aren’t all that far fetched, especially if you align yourself with the camp that believes that tablets will replace laptops and PCs as the primary devices for personal computing purposes.

Forrester, for one, estimates that tablet sales will total 195 million between 2010 and 2015, with tablet sales eclipsing laptop sales by 2015. Apple is currently dominating the market; it alone sold 9.25 million iPads in its fiscal third quarter — the company’s best quarter ever.

What is the most used search engine on iPad alone?
Check this interesting report (and graph) from SearchTerms:

ipad search engine chart

[Via Mashable]


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