Users of Google are likely familiar with the search engine giant’s “did you mean” function, and many of them appreciate a function that means they do not have to remember how to spell a particular word or phrase. This correction function typically appears on screen when a user submits a search query containing a typo or an error. The “did you mean” corrections generally appear in search results on a PC, but it appears that some users have started to see them appearing in the Google app for Android as well.
A predictive feature like this works better on a PC because Google can start to fill in the results as a user types their query. When it comes to mobile search, giving answers before the user has finished typing is not so easy.
It seems that the Android app is using the “did you mean” feature in a particular way. Reports suggest that the corrections are appearing in the drop-down menu activated when a user is still in the course of typing their search query.
The appearance of the correction in this way is odd because there is no other version of Google Search that works in the same way. In all other instances, the “did you know” function is activated once a search query has been typed out and submitted and it appears in the results page.
The question arises as to whether this new version of “did you mean” represents the future for Google Search. An alternative explanation is that Google is testing something out – as it has a habit of doing – and the new feature has manifested itself sooner than the company intended. It is impossible to know as yet, of course, but that is not to say that something like this is not to be welcomed. The “did you mean” correction appearing like it has in the Android app may be a small tweak in the overall context of the many changes and upgrades Google is making, but it is something that saves users time, and web or app users like things that save them time.