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 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 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 Tweaks Search with Fresh Discovery Tools
Google today announced several changes to its core search product that are meant to help people discover fresh content as they perform searches. For example, Featured Snippets are content highlighted by Google to provide "quick, relevant answers" to search queries.
Google Makes It Easier to Find Fun Stuff to Do
Google today tweaked its mobile search tools to help people find entertaining activities nearby. Specifically, performing searches for generic events will dial in an easy-to-digest summary of close-by activities from sites such as Eventbrite and Meetup.
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.