Google has devised an interesting game plan which will enable users to access PC search histories on their mobile browsers (Android, iPhone).
Once logged in on both places, with web history enabled, you will easily be able to conduct a local search on your PC and get the information on your smartphone. This is really a good innovation and convenient for people to search for local places on their computers and then return to that information on the go.
A new “recent” icon will show up on Google.com homepage for your mobile browser which will instantly tap into this recent history. According to a recent Google blog post, this recent history should be available for about a day to access on your smartphone.
Here is a picture from the Inside Search blog of where you can find the “Recent” tab:
Here is how Google sells the feature:
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 Google.com 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.
While this idea sounds great in theory, what if you do all your searches from different mediums (eg Google Chrome address bar, Firefox search browser and Android search widget)? This is the problem Google has to solve in order for this search feature to be effective, but I’m sure they will sort something out – they are well equipped with tackling such kind of issues.
Personally, I think this feature is great and one I can see myself using regularly (I’m prone to forgetting the name of a restaurant I have looked up on my laptop on an hour earlier).