Finally, Competition for Google?

It’s no secret that more and more people are going mobile when it comes to computing. The success of the iPhone and, more specifically, iPhone apps, speaks volumes in terms of understanding how people are getting their information these days. But perhaps most interesting, a recent TechRepublic.com blog pointed out that the trend toward using mobile devices to access the Internet actually might give Google a run for its money when it comes to online searches.

“In my tests with the iPhone, I discovered that Google is usually my last resort for finding information,” writer Jason Hiner explained. “Typing is just not as fast on a smartphone (even with the full qwerty keyboard on BlackBerry). Pointing, scrolling, and selecting are all much easier and quicker. As a result, many of the things that I would usually do with a Google search from my computer, I do through an app on the iPhone.”

It’s too early to predict whether the rise of mobile technology will negate the need for Google in the long run, but it’s likely going to necessitate some functionality changes or updates to adapt to the times in the meantime.

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