New touch-to-search feature brings rapid search to Chrome for Android

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 3 Jun 2015

Chrome for Android now has a slick touch-to-search feature that will turn anything you highlight into a search query. 

The feature is in Chrome version 43. announced the update on its Chrome Releases Blog, but often times such new tricks take a while to work their way into the wild. 

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st tap hold a word or phrase to perform a search.

To see if you have the feature, touch hold a word anywhere in Chrome. A search card should appear. Slide it up if you want to see the rest of the suggested results. Touching any of those will then open that page in a new Chrome tab.

This search method also works for phrases. st touch hold a word, then drag the cursors around the rest of the phrase. If you don’t like this method of searching, you can flip it off in the settings. Check the ay Store or A Mirror to ensure you’re running the latest build of Chrome.

y this matters: This brings some desktop-style speed to searching on your mobile device. But it’s also another case of ’s enlightened self-interest. ile you get a better search experience, now has just turned every word on the Internet into a possible search term. This means more data, searches, of course, hopes, more advertising clicks.