Google’s popular ‘Instant Preview’ feature is being quietly rolled out to selected iOS devices, giving surf-happy iPhone users the chance to get instant sneak peeks of their Google search results.
Not to be confused with the ‘Google Instant’, which launched earlier on Apple's platform and instantly loads search results as you type your query, Instant Preview reveals a pop-up preview of the page you’ll be visiting right from the results, so you can avoid the embarrassment of ‘stumbling’ onto the wrong page at the wrong time.
More importantly, it should reduce the hassle of opening sites on a new tab on Safari to see if it’s even what you’re looking for, thus saving valuable time and data.
To take advantage of the feature, users need simply to tap on the small magnifying glass icon that appears next to their search results, which will display the preview of the desired page.
Better yet, it also displays previews for all the search results next to the selected page, much like flicking through multiple web pages using the Safari tab feature, so you don’t have to keep going back and forth to check them out.
Alas, the feature is only available to older iPhones right now, as in not on the iPhone 4 or even the iPad, which is a bit surprising. But we are assuming Google is still tweaking the feature for a full launch and this is just an instant preview of what's to come.
Source: 9 to 5 Mac