10 Best Mobile Search Engines

Bing, Google, Search Engines, Yahoo

Mobile networking is rapidly overgrowing desktop navigation and one of the main uses of it is for searching for relevant and urgent information.

Search Engines are the most visited websites through mobile devices (Google Insights).

websites visited via smartphone

Mobile search is not just a part of web search engines anymore, instead it has grown as a specialized branch of mobile content for itself that is rapidly growing. Mobile search engines are the gateway to mobile content for most users. Google is the undisputed leader of desktop search engines, but when it comes to mobile searching, the battle for the throne is still raging and finally the one that provides the most relevant results wins. Understanding how users search through their smartphones is the key to the mobile search approach, for instance, location is an extremely important factor in mobile searches.

Let’s take a look at some of the best search engines available for mobile devices and analyse their features.

Top Search Engines for Mobile Devices



Google Search (iPod / Android)

Google is still among the great giants of searching, for mobile devices too. The Google Search app has a beautiful simple and clean interface with a search field and links to other applications, voice search and Google Goggles, a feature that lets you snap a photo to find information about products, landmarks, etc. The auto-complete feature suggests terms as you type, reducing search time by cutting spare typing.



yahoo search mobileYahoo! Search (iPhone / Android)

Yahoo offers a unique approach to the way they show mobile results, offering a map with a link to directions and a CTC button when looking for local results, it is a very useful feature, but the application does not offer anything else different from other applications. It also provides a link of trending searches when you access the application.



bing mobileBing Mobile (iPad / iPhone / Android)

Bing’s mobile application has a nice and sleek look, rapid access to images, videos, maps, etc. It shows the results that your Facebook friends liked and has Bing Vision, a feature that lets you recognize bar and QR codes, book covers, pictures, etc.



ask mobileAsk Mobile (iPhone / Android)

Ask is not a traditional search engine. It is based on questions the users ask and show web results other users responses as an answer. You can either type a question or use voice search.



duck duck go mobileDuck Duck Go (iPhone / Android)

Duck Duck Go is not different from any standard search engine in terms of results, but it has some unique features that make it worth trying. It uses over 50 information sources to give you relevant data just above links, so you don’t have to spare clicks. Also it does not track you, providing total privacy.



topsy
Topsy

Topsy is, as they call themselves, a social time machine, which means it is a search engine based on social media sites. It shows results based on popular links and the influence of the people who cites them, and enables users to show those results on a timeline. It does not have an app, but Topsy’s site is nicely adapted for mobile devices.



chacha mobile
ChaCha (iPhone / Android)

ChaCha is a search engine that answers questions based on a “human search engine” with location-based features. It accepts text or voice queries and provides a text response back. ChaCha is free for the moment and supported by ads. ChaCha can be faster than regular smartphones search engines, but sometimes it takes minutes to answer a question and it only gives one response for query.



wolfram alpha mobileWolfram Alpha (iPhone / Android)

Wolfram Alpha directly answers factual queries. It also offers multitude of features, including plotting graphs, calculations and technical data about anything you can imagine. It is more than a search engine, it does not only gives you links, it gives relevant data and information. The interface is very simple, clean and, just as the application, efficient.



blekko mobileBlekko (iPhone / Android)

Blekko is a spam-free search engine that allows vertical searches based on the use of slahstag (like the folders on a computer). The application suggest its own slashtags and lets you navigate from one to another.



dogpile mobileDogpile (iPhone)

Dogpile is a metasearch engine, it instantly searches through seven popular search engines and decides which results are the more relevant to your query. Among its features are web and image search, camera scan and sharing options.

 

 

More Mobile Search Engines

abphoneabphone

Abphone is a media browser which is based on keywords and dedicated to finding images and videos so that you could download them on your phone.

 

 

alien pants

Alien Pants

Alien Pants operates GTIP, an SMS-based customer support, hints and cheat service within the online and mobile gaming community.

 

 

AOIAOL

AOL is the mobile portal of AOLs search engine.

 

 


etoolseTools

It is a Swedish meta-search engine which queries more than 10 biggest search sites.

 

 

kanuuu

Kannuu

Kannuu provides search software that is able to run on mobile devices, the engine is geared towards the mobile Internet, using predictive software to speed searches.

 

 

medioMedio

Medio runs a mobile search engine which uses mobile analytics to provide users with one-stop search results. Its mobile adverts are targeted with the search results.

 

 

mcnMobile Cotent Networks

Mobile Content Networks combines vertical search with its Taxonomy Engine so that they do their best in order to provide accurate search results. With MCN you also can place targeted ads with search results.

 

 

Try the solutions you liked and choose the best ones for you. Probably, you have other variants you use which were not mentioned… Please, write them in the comments. Let’s make a full list together!

32 Comments

  1. Louie_Campbell 10/06/2012 at 23:25:55 Responder

    Interesting selection. I’m very curious about blekko, the search method seems very intuitive and convenient.

  2. Burhan Tanweer 11/06/2012 at 05:49:23 Responder

    I like this artile. I agree with Irene that “Google is the undisputed leader of desktop search engines, but when it comes to mobile searching, the battle for the throne is still raging and finally the one that provides the most relevant results wins”. That’s why we are working hard to provide most relevant search results for the keyword. Visit our search engine ExploreWWW.com using your mobile device.

    • Irene N. 11/06/2012 at 05:59:36 Responder

      Thanks for your comment Burhan. We will make sure to check out ExploreWWW. Cheers.

  3. J.Fisher 18/06/2012 at 00:28:02 Responder

    I didn’t know most of these websites. Wolframalpha seems very interesting for science pals like me. Thank you for the tip!

  4. R. Hinrichs 29/06/2012 at 02:37:39 Responder

    Very useful post, thanks for sharing!

  5. chris 25/08/2012 at 10:52:12 Responder

    I have a palm pre so I guess I was right in thinking webOS hasn’t got a great search engine…..otherwise- dang you’re super hot Irene- married? ;)

    • Irene N. 26/08/2012 at 23:47:42 Responder

      Hi Chris, thanks for your comment. WebOS default search engine is google, so in fact it is a great search engine.
      Now, let’s move to non-mobile related topics, mmmm… on a second thought, let’s stay on mobile related topics :)

  6. Joe 17/10/2012 at 05:54:48 Responder

    You should check out http://mazoom.mobi, its a smartphone search engine that only returns results for mobile optimized websites. So 100% mobile search!

  7. Mac 07/01/2013 at 00:54:13 Responder

    I also have noticed a great increase by mobile traffic to my site. It makes now a total of 15% and that’s something you can work with.

  8. Goutam 21/01/2013 at 19:12:20 Responder

    Is there any among above which I can use it for any mobile apps I am creating? Do I need to buy license for using above search engine?

  9. Ravi Raj 19/02/2013 at 19:59:40 Responder

    Thanks for sharing this great collection. As an SEO poin, how to submit our website in above search engine like search engine submission?

    • Helena 20/02/2013 at 00:27:52 Responder

      Hi Ravi,
      I suggest you have a look at the webmaster tools of your search engine.

  10. Grace Reed 11/03/2013 at 01:49:26 Responder

    Wow, I hadn’t realized there were that many mobile search engines.

  11. Thomas ʕ•̫͡•ʔ 14/03/2013 at 23:11:32 Responder

    Great article with a good list of some really interesting search engines! (And I’ll x2 the comment about the beauty of the original poster, lol)

    ChaCha is interesting and reminds me a bit of the old Aarvark search engine, remember that? They were bought by Google for 50million and later closed down. Too bad, as it was a great service, but sounds like ChaCha is an alternative.

    Good list – I’ve been doing so much research the past couple months as I work on my own social search engine at NE1UP.com so hopefully in a couple years I’ll start making these lists as well. ;-)

    Take care!

    Thomas @NE1UP

  12. Talia 26/04/2013 at 01:39:38 Responder

    I like Yahoo Search.

  13. daniel 10/05/2013 at 07:42:25 Responder

    Great list. now we have a new search engine for mobile application, they offering all mobile application (android, apple, amazon)

  14. RAJAT RUHELA 04/06/2013 at 00:21:09 Responder

    BETTERRRRRRRR LIST

  15. Simon F. 16/08/2013 at 04:42:32 Responder

    I didn’t know about Blekko. Very nice interface.

  16. Aishwarya U. 20/09/2013 at 03:17:36 Responder

    It’s a shame not so many people use Duck duck go search.

  17. Chiyoko K. 23/09/2013 at 05:50:23 Responder

    Blekko isn’t available anymore.

  18. Désirée M. 30/10/2013 at 07:57:29 Responder

    Blekko is actually quite nice. I’d change to it for a while.

  19. David thomas 10/12/2013 at 07:02:54 Responder

    This is by far one of the coolest search engines I have ever seen on a mobile device much easier to use!!!!! I found this and fell in love!!! RedZ.com

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  21. Robert Halfmann 19/03/2014 at 10:01:30 Responder

    informative. as of today verizon wireless uses Bing. unfortunately verizon nolonger supports rendering web pages to fit the screen of the gusto 2 purchased with their prepaid w/ unlimited text 9 mo. ago. a Bing popup claims that a setting exists at the search home page to rectify the problem but does not or does not show on devices that verizon wants to force into retirement. verizon unhappy with earning a profit forces their users to buy new mobile devices with the new unearned profit part of the cost. MS and their Bing Search play along getting ?? in return. I miss consumer driven capitalism and earned corporate profits pre 1980 trickle down economics of the conservative Regan revolution.

  22. Roy 22/03/2014 at 14:13:09 Responder

    seriously this is the best list you can come up with

  23. Donald Ballagh 28/03/2014 at 06:23:56 Responder

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  24. live mobile movies 03/05/2014 at 02:26:23 Responder

    nice info. but how to submit site in duckduck

  25. turzo.ahamed 23/09/2014 at 02:59:49 Responder

    It is helpfull for me.thank you

  26. anna 03/10/2014 at 00:53:54 Responder

    http://www.ant.com/ – also very good for mobile search. + there is a free useful products.

  27. StefanS 11/11/2014 at 12:01:08 Responder

    The Lookeen mobile app is also an good alternative. I use it daily and it increases my productivity on phone enormous.

    Rear: I work for the company which developed Lookeen.

  28. Raul 04/12/2014 at 22:30:06 Responder

    Super Mobile Search engine

    http://mobbi.mobi/msd_dr-mn-rs-sr_md_fb/

  29. Real 07/12/2014 at 21:17:13 Responder

    Super mobile search engine for android

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