Serving basic, straightforward questions to Google Search has always returned solid results. Need scores to that Houston Rockets game? Wondering when Eddie Murphy was born? Easy. Rarely has the search engine faced difficulties answering questions that require simple facts. Complex questions, though, have been troublesome as Google Search wasn’t drawing upon different areas to supply a direct answer. Most of the time, a complex question would return a myriad of generic search results. Google announced today that complex questions are now welcome to Google Search.
It’s now the second week of November, so you should probably start your holiday shopping very soon if you haven’t already. Helping you navigate from store-to-store this month and next is Google with a small (but very useful) update to two of its core services.
Using Google’s Search app might be second nature to some of use, but, now and then it learns some new tricks. Google has posted some videos that show off the app’s ability to link web search requests to other apps such as the Calendar app and Google Maps among others.
Before, whenever you wanted to use Google Now without an active internet connection, it was basically useless. However, Google has recently added many new offline options that make it much more usable when offline.
Last February Google launched a new feature in its search engine that showed relevant health information when people searched for certain conditions or diseases. The feature has been fairly popular up to this point, so Google is expanding it with tons of new health information, plus some extra features.
The updated results will include around 900 more conditions, which is double what the feature started with. Results will show symptoms, treatments, and more. The interface for results has been tweaked, too, so searching for a disease’s symptoms will take you directly to the symptoms tab. There’s also a button for downloading a PDF of information about what you’re looking at so you’ll have something to take to the doctor on your next visit. Read more
Google says it will be expanding its Android One initiative to several African countries by launching the Lollipop-based Infinix HOT 2 in these developing nations.
Results when using Google Search are going to look a little different starting today. Google has worked with Twitter to bring tweets to the search engine’s results on mobile devices. Most searches will have tweets appear organically, but users can force them to appear by attaching “twitter” to entries. Tweets come from both official accounts and users discussing the searched topic.
Google plans to bring support to desktop and additional languages over time.
Google continues simplifying search for users around the world with the introduction of the ‘Place an order’ button. Searching for a nearby restaurant returns the usual amount of results, but this new button allows users to jump right into ordering. The ‘Place an order’ button has Seamless, Grubhub, Eat24, Delivery.com, BeyondMenu, and MyPizza.com integration. Having these services, with more on the way, sitting behind a single button means snappy (and happy) ordering.
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Google has been testing out a “Trusted Voice” feature for unlocking and navigating your phone with specialized voice recognition, similar to the trusted places feature that’s already present in Google Now. It looks like that feature is starting to rollout to devices now.
The feature supposedly will only respond to your voice and no one else’s, but Google suggests that this feature isn’t as secure as other security features in the app. If you aren’t particularly worried, though, you’ll be able to say “Okay Google” to unlock your device and begin using Google Now. Read more
Next time you decide to put together your own cocktail, there is chance that Google Search is all you need. Starting today, the search engine (on mobile devices) will display full recipes for cocktails. To become your own mixologist, just fire up Google Search and input the name of any cocktail. At the top, before any other links appear, Google will provide the ingredients, preparation, and process to make the cocktail.