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New search results page for mobile in beta

John Barratt

Senior Product Manager

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Hi I’m John Barratt, Senior Product Manager for BBC search.

I'm pleased to tell you that yesterday a new search results page that is optimised for mobile devices was launched as a beta.

For the past year, if you performed a search on from a mobile device, you would have received the main desktop search results page, where ‘pinch and zoom’ was required to resize the page to an appropriate size. This wasn’t a great user experience and with the mobile search audience more than doubling in the past 12 months, we wanted to improve their experience urgently.

The resulting mobile-optimised, search results page allows you to search quickly and efficiently across News, Sport, TV & Radio, iPlayer and Editors Choice. The search query and results page will resolve to your handsets orientation and screen size. We’ve looked to test this across a range of screen sizes from the small to medium screens such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 mini, HTC Desire to the iPhone 5 onto the extra-large devices including the Galaxy S3, Note 2, HTC One, so we should have you individual screen covered.

If you are unable to reach the mobile-optimised results page, you may have previously accepted a cookie that will redirect you to the desktop version. To remove this, please navigate to the footer of any BBC page and select the Mobile Site link (if you can see the Desktop Site link, then this cookie has not been set) or alternatively, open your browser settings and clear the cookies (generally stored under privacy), and then navigate to Search.

If you would prefer to keep using the desktop results page, this can be reached by selecting the Desktop Site link in the footer.

2014 promises to be a big year for search in the BBC. We’ll be taking your feedback and tracking how you use the service to help guide the design of our fully-responsive search results page. We will also have completed our migration to a new search engine that will give us more freedom to tune the results, providing better quality results for searches.

The beta gives us a great opportunity to get some direct feedback on both the mobile-optimised search pages and Search in general. So please add your comments below or pass your feedback via the link at the bottom of the mobile search results page.

John Barratt is Senior Product Manager, Search, BBC Future Media

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