In future, you’ll get different Google results on mobile and desktop

Google will still maintain a desktop index but it won't be as up to date as the mobile one


Tech Desk October 14, 2016
Google has started indexing mobile websites separately PHOTO: AFP

Google is changing the way search results appear for phones and computers. In a few months' time, you will start getting different results on mobile as compared to desktop, even if you use the exact same search words as Google, the tech giant has started indexing mobile websites separately.

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Gary Illyes, the company's trends analyst, revealed that Google will still maintain a desktop index but it won't be as up to date as the mobile one.

Google has launched several such features differentiating the two domains. Last year, it added a feature that made sure its mobile search results prioritise websites optimised for phones. The tech giant also started marking Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) on the results page, that lets users choose websites with the fastest loading time.

Google will still have a desktop index, it just won't be as fresh as the mobile index. #pubcon

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These changes mean that the companies maintaining websites and online publishers would have to make sure their sites are mobile friendly if they want to be properly indexed by Google.

This article originally appeared on Engadget.

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