Google Enhances Mobile App for Windows Phones
Google has updated its mobile application for devices running Windows Mobile. The biggest new feature includes My Location, which allow users who perform Google searches to find local results based on where they are. This will help users find things that are nearby. Users have to enable My Location, and can turn it off at any time. Other improvements to the mobile application include Google Suggest. Suggest will analyze what users are typing as they enter search queries and offer suggestions to make the process faster. Google has also added the ability to integrate Google Maps with local search results. This will allow users to open Google Maps from the search page to see detailed location information about their query. The application is a free download.
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 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 Lens Uses Machine Learning to Recognize Objects
Google today announced Google Lens, an image-recognition tool that relies on mobile cameras to perform searches. The tool is a significant advancement to the old Google Image Search app.
Google Threads Voice Commands Deeper Into Google Maps
People can now use their voice to take full command of Google Maps when in the car. Google updated Maps today and added more support for "Ok, Google"-based voice commands.
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.