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Google Makes Mobile Search ‘Richer, More Beautiful’
Google has been busy making improvements to its search engine and the web giant continued its efforts this week, updating its mobile search system to make answers for certain queries “richer, more beautiful, and more interactive.”
Google has been busy making improvements to its search engine and the Web giant continued its efforts this week, updating its mobile search system to make answers for certain queries “richer, more beautiful, and more interactive.”
The updated mobile search system adds Google Now-esque data boxes to results showing information like flight schedules, conversions, and weather forecasts. The idea is to help you more quickly and easily find the answer you’re looking for, without having to click on any other links. The changes are rolling out to those searching on google.com in English on a smartphone or tablet, Google announced on Thursday.
Search for the weather on your device, for example, and at the top of the search results you’ll now see a visually appealing 10-day and hourly weather forecast with which you can interact. Search for a particular flight number like “Delta Air Lines Flight 1262″ and you’ll see a new flight progress indicator with arrival and departure times, allowing you to quickly find out the status of a flight.
“Today when you search on mobile or tablet, you’ll see some more improvements in the way we provide these quick answers, including better understanding what information you need and surfacing the most relevant information for you,” Jeromy Henry, Google user experience designer, wrote in a blog post Thursday.
Google will also now provide quick answers for searches related to stocks, currency and unit conversions, dictionary definitions, local time lookup, and holiday and sunrise times. For example, if you search for a unit conversion like “how many yards in a mile,” you’ll see the answer prominently displayed at the top of the search results. Under the answer will be a down arrow, which if clicked will bring up a tool that lets you easily convert other units of measure.
Google has been consistently adding new features to its search engine in an effort to become more of a destination, rather than just a vehicle to get to another site. The Web giant last month added a scientific calculator to mobile and desktop search results. Also on the desktop search front, Google this week announced several changes it has taken to “make search even more intelligent,” including the global expansion of its Knowledge Graph feature to all English-speaking users and the addition of personal Gmail content in search results.
By Angela Moscaritolo, PCMag