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 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.
Yahoo Improves Search In Mobile Browsers
Yahoo today said it has refreshed how it displays mobile search results in a way that will help people find what they're looking for quicker. Yahoo explains that rather than offer lists of links, the new search presents results — including images, videos, news, and other details — prominently in a way that's more useful.