Google Improves Voice Search for iOS, Adds Gmail Results
Google today announced a series of changes and updates to its core search product. First, Google is extending its Knowledge Graph to English speakers outside the U.S., meaning searchers in the U.K., Australia, and several other regions will be able to see more contextually aware search results on the web. Google is also offering a limited trial wherein users can choose to have search results pulled from their Gmail accounts. This means Google users who are signed into their account and perform a search from Google.com may see results that include information culled from their inbox. Last, Google is offering an upgraded iOS search application (for both iPhone and iPad) that will deliver results using Google's Knowledge Graph. Additionally, the new app will have improved voice search capabilities so that users may speak queries using more natural language. The new iOS app will be available soon.
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Google Adds Captions to Image Search Results
Google today said it is now providing more information in image search results. When people perform searches using Google Images, they'll see new captions that include the title of the web page where the result is published.
Google Makes Searching and Sharing Via iMessage Simpler
Google today detailed several new features headed to the Google Search app on iOS devices. First and foremost, Google Search gains a new extension for iMessage that lets you perform Google searches from within iMessage and then easily share the results.
Google Search App Understands More Natural-Language Questions
Google today said its mobile search app is better able to grasp the meaning of requests thanks to new language-recognition techniques. Google is now breaking down queries into smaller pieces to understand the semantics behind individual phrases so it can assess the intent behind the larger question.
Google Improves Inbox Search
Google today updated its Inbox application with new search tools that should make certain types of information easier to find. For example, when searching for a tracking number Inbox will automatically find tracking numbers buried within emails and show the numbers and the corresponding messages at the top of search results.
Google Takes Steps to Ensure Search Results Are Locally Relevant
Google today said it has updated the way it handles queries in Search and Maps when people travel. Moving forward, people will be served search results based on their actual location, not the domain they've indicated on the web (such as .com, .uk, .de, etc.) Google says people using Search in the U.S.