Google Intros 'Near Me Now' Search
Google recently launched a new search service for the iPhone and Android platforms that makes it easier to find businesses and points of interest in the immediate vicinity of the user. The new tool uses drop-down menus to minimize typing and will take advantage of GPS data to provide information about places that are close by. Near Me Now also includes a category search option that lets users easily look for nearby coffee shops, movie theaters, etc. The New Me Now feature works within the browser on iPhones running OS 3.0 and up, and Android devices running 2.0.1 and up.
Google Now On Tap Lets You Search Selected Text and Images
Google today announced an update to its Now On Tap feature for devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Moving forward, users will be able to highlight the exact set of text they'd like to search via Now On Tap.
Google Bakes Search Into Keyboard App for iPhones
Google today revealed GBoard, a keyboard application for iPhones that includes search capabilities. Google is pitching GBoard as a way to simplify how people use the iPhone by allowing users to perform searches without leaving the current app, such as text messaging.
Can't Find Your Android? Locate It with A Google Search
Google recently rolled out a quick new way to locate misplaced Android smartphones. A simple Google search for "Find My Phone" from a PC can find a lost phone, force it to ring at full volume, and even position it on a map.
Google Makes It Easier to Find and Book Hotels and Flights
Google today improved the way Google Search finds and sorts hotels and flights when planning trips. To start, searching for hotels should now include better price filters and quickly discoverable details, such as hotel amenities.
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.
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