Google Removes URLs for Mobile Search Results

You won’t be seeing URLs in your Google search results in the future, at least on your phone.

According to The Next Web, a Google user searched for something using their Android phone and found a unique change in the search results. The URLs were not included in the search results as they used to previously.

Even though the search results are still the same, you can’t tell where the link is directing you to.

Now you’ll see the page title alongside a thumbnail image of the web page. Gone is the website link underneath the page title.

The “new” Google search results

It is still unclear whether Google is just testing the URL stuff or plans to introduce the change for everyone in the coming weeks. The change does make the search result interface look tidier and user-friendly though.

In 2015, Google rolled out the change for URLs by displaying otherwise ‘noisy URLs’ in the ‘breadcrumbs’ format making it more well-structured and giving users insight to what they were being directed to.

‘Instant search’ killed also

A few days ago the company removed the ‘instant search’ feature from Google search on desktop.

This feature – added in 2010 – allowed the search results to be displayed as the user was typing the query. This was removed recently to streamline desktop with mobile Google search. Instant search wasn’t added to mobile Google search due to space constraints on smartphones.

Annoyance or Quality of Life?

Some users might find this update annoying as they won’t know where they are going. At times you don’t remember the URL you want to visit and need a bit of help figuring it out.

On the flip side, this also makes the experience better for the average users which find the URL to be “noise” rather than a useful tool.

Via TheGuardian