Mobile Search - Notes from Mobile Intranet Workshop
Here are my notes about mobile search from the workshop “Mobile and Tablets for the Enterprise” with Martin White, Intranet Focus Ltd.:
Unstructured and structured search
The unstructured search business is 10 billion dollars a year. The structured search business is 200 billion dollars a year.
In order to show that the vendors can do more than the competition, the interface gets more complicated.
ISYS laptop search is an example of how unstructured search can be made structured with filters.
Dissapearing search box
The search box will disappear in the future. Here is an example of how you can search for properties in a drawn area
Talk to our search engine
Siri on your iPhone 4S lets you speak the commands to your iPhone. This is a new challenge for the search engines.
A real search disaster is when one of your colleagues searches for something and believes that the answer he gets is the right one even though it is totally wrong.
Search engines are not fitted for mobile
Most search engines including Autonomy have just adjusted the screen size. The mobile user probably wants something else than the desktop user and the search engines are not yet prepared for this.
Google and Android
Google will probably only optimize for Android as they are not making any money on mobile search.
Autonomy’s mobile future
HP has bought Autonomy and HP is getting out of mobile. This alludes that Autonomy will not focus on mobile search in the future.
According to Martin White, Microsoft is the only answer to mobile search in the future. If you have SharePoint, it’s probably the only answer.
HTML5 will not solve the security issues. In fact HTML5 is adding to the security challenges. Try a search for HTML5 security issues on Google