Google Prioritizes Business Hours in Local Search
Google has updated the behavior of its browser-based search tool for the iPhone and Android platforms. Users who perform searches from the Google.com site — using the Places feature — should notice that Google now lists the hours businesses are open in search results. It also allows users to filter results based what's open and what's not. Other improvements include the ability to filter by rating, and Google has added images of the businesses as well as reviews of those businesses from sites around the web. The new search features are already available. Google didn't say if it planned to bring these features to its dedicated Android and iPhone search application, or if it would offer these features to other platforms.
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 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 Search Shows When Your Fave Shops Are Busy
Google updated its search application with the ability to show when businesses are at their busiest. Google Search results will display a graph that depicts the location's average foot traffic throughout the day.
Google Brings Q&A Feature to Maps and Search
Google today said it is adding a question-and-answer tool to Google Maps and Google Search for Android devices. Users need only search for and open business listings within Maps or Search to see the Q&A feature, which taps into data provided by Google Local Guides and others.
Google Image Search Gains Badges to Help Classify Results
Google today added a new tool to image search that should help clarify what type of content is available within the individual search results. Moving forward, people will begin to see small badges in the bottom left corner of image results that indicate what's behind the image.