It appears that Google is rolling out a neat new update to its instant search suggestions on mobile, first spotted by The Next Web. While in the past, Google search would simply load results for what it thought you were searching for to the whole page, now answers to some short questions may find themselves placed directly inside autocomplete suggestions.
The picture you see in this post is one I took just a few minutes ago, so it’s seems that the update is rolling out widely. There have been reports that it is also live for some in the Chrome and Google apps across iOS and Android, so it’s likely a change that the company didn’t need to push a whole app update for.
The new autocomplete instant suggestions have worked for all the basic questions I’ve asked, ranging from “how big is the sun” to “when did Hawaii become a U.S. territory.” For questions like “How did the dinosaurs die,” it’ll probably divert back to longer results instant search result cards. Either way it should speed up the time to an answer when you need it in a pinch.