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blinkx Video Search Goes Mobile

Finding videos on your mobile just got a bit easier as Blinkx, which claims to be the world’s largest video search engine, launches a dedicated mobile version.

San Francisco and Cambridge, UK-based firm blinkx claim to have around 35million hours of video indexed - including sites like YouTube and the BBC’s iPlayer - using voice-recognition technology to make the videos searchable by their actual content, not just titles and descriptions.

They reported 204% growth in the last year, making them the second fastest growing video platform in the UK behind Facebook.

Video on the mobile web is still in its infancy, with many smartphones, notably the iPhone, not supporting Flash; Flash being a bit rubbish even on many phones that do; many web video providers not offering an alternative to Flash; and HTML5, which should get round the whole thorny problem, still years away from being widely adopted.

But that looks set to change - leading technology firm Cisco recently predicted that almost two thirds of the world’s mobile traffic will be video content within the next five years. In the UK, smartphone adoption has shot up 70% in the past year, according to research firm Comscore, meaning the market for mobile video is growing rapidly.

blinkx’s mobile video search gets round the problem of encountering video you then can’t play is the relatively simple one of not showing them to you in the first place - it only returns sites that are playable on your handset, specifically sites that offer MP4 files, which can be played by most modern smartphones, including the iPhone, HTC Desire and BlackBerry Bold 9700.

The blinkx mobile site also offers ways for users to browse videos as well as searching for specific clips or topics. The home page displays a ‘video wall’ offering popular and up-to-date clips, while greater emphasis on the site’s different sections allow users to focus on news, entertainment, sport and the like.

The blinkx mobile site can be accessed just by visiting m.blinkx.com