while you type. So we decided to integrate this insight into a feature in search.
What are the challenges you perceived at every level of change and the nature of experiences you gained through these challenges?
Let me explain one of our recent challenges. Many people today rely on multiple devices —laptops, smartphones, tablets—to keep in touch with their work, friends and families. However, given the disparity among devices’ different screen sizes, resolutions, hardware capabilities and so on, providing a consistent Google Search experience across devices proves remarkably harder than it looks. For instance, the way the Google Search results page looks on desktop screens— which tend to be wider than they are tall—would not look right on smartphones’ and tablets’ screens, which are taller than they are wide.
So in order to accommodate mobile devices’ screen specs, we moved the navigation tools on our mobile version of search from the left hand side to the top of the screen. In fact, this small move proved so popular that we’ve just announced that we’re rolling it out to desktop users.