I work for Nokia and we used to have "real-time search" on Ovi Maps and this was removed around a year ago, again due to a confusing and poor user experience. After all this buzz I saw some people on the internal communication tools ask if we have the technology internally to do instance geosearch.
Marketing is everything.
Now, I'm not entirely convinced that Google Instant is polished enough either- anecdotally, I've already seen some confusion. But saying "it's all marketing" willfully ignores the lesson we've all been taught by Apple: a revolutionary feature that isn't intuitively usable is no revolutionary feature at all.
I mean, revolutionary feature? Seriously? My whole point is this revolution happened five years ago and people learnt their lesson and moved on. I'm sure a lot of developers will be asked to put this back in, but on the plus side if you're not dealing with Google scale it's a trivial thing to implement.
I don't think you guys are going to be able to settle this debate without some data about real life users.
I think it's naive to say the former. Apple posted 3 billion dollars in profit last quarter. If all Nokia had to do to post those numbers was grossly overstate every feature in their phones (which should be easy, there are so many), they'd probably be doing it.
The thing that really bugs me about this is that personally, as a DIY techie, I actually like the power-user oriented nature of the Nokia phones a lot more than the iPhone (at least, at first, when the iPhone was hopelessly feature-barren). I probably would've really liked your real time search! But I'm not arguing about what I want from a product. I'm arguing about what the majority of people want.
Granted, it's not all about engineering and a huge user base. If you replaced the word "marketing" with "buzz," I would tend to agree with you. If there's one thing that's become apparent to me recently, it's that nearly any idea, product, person, place, tv show, etc, can be validated by generating a shitstorm of buzz about it. I suspect there's some reptilian instinct that changes the way we view things if we see others accepting it, and media attention, though often a misrepresentation, does the trick. For companies like Google and Apple, buzz is almost too easy.
An address as entered from left-to-right goes from the very specific to the general. Therefore all the api calls and screen updating you make are completely irrelevant until I type in my city half -way through.
if it's going to do search recommendations, it should at least do a regional geo-ip/gps lookup and offer suggestions i'd probably be driving to.
It is easily possible, however, it just would have been soooo slow in comparison.
I think you're on to something.
Psh, Google, you need janitors? Yeah? Call me.
I was half way through typing my city's name...
While it hasn't fixed the API limit issues completely, it has helped significantly.
Well, I made Google Picasa Instant. By the way, I'm looking for a job too!
Okay, Actually I didn't but it could be possible.
Like to relocate to India?
- Great to see business listings too: http://www.google.com/uds/solutions/mapsearch/reference.html...
Good work so far.
In thinking about how this compares to youtube instant, I'm not sure an autocomplete would work well at the global level without more thought and refinement.
And how about this for an idea: Why not split up the boxes in two, one for city and one for address? It seems this might work better with a box for general tuning and one for fine-tuning. Just a thought.
edit: don't want to be mean
It's 'neat' but I don't think it's useful, per se. Possibly no more or less useful than YouTube Instant though.
Example: 110 W 75th st, new york, ny
Compare to the correct location on google maps: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=110+W+75th+st,+new+york,+ny...
Modal popup came up about three times. There's gotta be a better way of handling that - I wasn't even typing very fast.
I did remove the alert window, but it will take time to propagate to my CDN.
I think Google's phone call might delayed a bit.
- Intelligent zoom
- More efficient API usage
- Markers clear with new searches
btw, there are lots of good ideas about command line - reverse search as in readline, context help as in Cisco IOS or SoftIce debugger and Zsh of course.