just launched a new real-time mobile search engine in conjunction with OneRiot only weeks ago, mobile search company Taptu is now expanding their revamped service to the Android platform. Today, they're launching a new application designed specifically for Android phones running version 1.5 and above. Like their brand-new mobile website, Taptu for Android includes real-time search results thanks to OneRiot integration. It also offers a touchscreen interface for viewing the results without having to pinch, resize, or refocus the screen.Having
The new application is the first Taptu app for Android which is why it doesn't include the social sharing features (share to Twitter and Facebook) that the iPhone app currently offers. Those will be added in a future release, notes the company.
However, nearly everything else about the new Android application is the same as its mobile counterpart, including its search verticals of "web," "images," and "buzz" which sit above Taptu's search box on the app's main screen.
The "buzz" section contains real-time results pulled from sites like Twitter and Digg as well as from other social sharing websites, blogs, and data pulled from select panel of internet users who have downloaded the OneRiot toolbar and are anonymously sharing their web-browsing data with the company. This aggregate information is actually the most prominent source of real-time data for OneRiot's search service. As of September of this year, OneRiot claimed to have 3 million active toolbar users out of the 20 million or so who have downloaded the toolbar to date. Meanwhile, they're indexing around 20,000 links from Digg and 5 million from Twitter.
It's this data which powers Taptu's "buzz" section where you can find breaking news and other currently "hot topics" being discussed on the web. And unlike Twitter's trending topics, for instance, OneRiot doesn't link to raw tweets but to the actual news stories and blog posts that are sharing the information.
The main Taptu homepage also links to these trending items by way of a tag cloud whose colorful blue bubbles take you directly to the buzz section when tapped.
If you're interested in trying the new Android application, you can download a free copy from the Android Market on your mobile phone. If you don't own an Android device (or iPhone), you can still use Taptu via its mobile website available at www.taptu.com.