Google Mobile Searches Soar as 'Thumb Shopping' Gains Steam

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If recent traffic trends on the world's most popular search engine are any indication, mobile shopping, or "thumb shopping," is poised to take off this year. Google searches on mobile phones surged 130% in the third quarter of 2010. And that number is only going to swell, along with the growth of mobile commerce, said Daniel Schock, retail industry director for Google.

"Although I can't predict the future, as more and more people have access to mobile devices and grow accustomed to having a personal shopper in their pocket, we will likely continue to see growth in shopping from mobile phones," Schock told WalletPop.

Over the past two years, Google's mobile search volumes have grown more than five fold -- "at an accelerated pace," he said.

And more and more shoppers will be on the hunt for deals.