Google Adds Quick View Feature to Mobile Web Search
Google today added two features to searches that are performed from Google.com on Android handsets. First, searches will now pull up contextual links in the results. Google uses Rotten Tomatoes as an example, noting that when you perform a search for that web site, select links will appear below the main result to oft-clicked secondary links, such as "What's In Theaters." Google said these contextual links will appear in a variety of search results to help users find the information they want more quickly. Google also added a new experimental feature called Quick View. Quick View adds a badge to search results that when clicked shows a quick view of the Wikipedia page listing about that particular subject/search. Google says this works only in English on Google.com within the Chrome browser on Android devices.
Google Search Boosts Music, Movie, TV Results
Google has improved Google Search to include more details about artists, actors, movies, and television shows. Now, when people search for particular musicians or bands, each result will point towards events, albums, and songs, as well as links to apps where the artist's tracks are available.
Google to Surface iOS App Content in Search Results
Google today enabled a new functionality that will let the Google Search app find content within iOS apps and include that data in search results. Users will then be able to select the search results and go directly to the associated app on their phone.
Google Adds Tap-to-Search Feature to Chrome
Google today revealed a new feature for the Chrome browser on Android devices that lets people quickly search by tapping text. Users can tap any word on a web page when using Chrome and Chrome will automatically search the web for that word in the context of the web site on which it is found.
Google Search for Android Gains Offline Mode
Google has made it possible for Google Search to work even when the device goes offline. The latest build of Search for Android can store Google searches if a phone loses its network connection.
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.