Google Now Offering Previews in Mobile Searches
Google today announced that users of Android (2.2+) and iOS (4.0+) devices can now take advantage of its Instant Preview feature, which shows a snapshot of web pages in search results. The search tool is meant to make it easier to pick the most relevant result for any given search. To use Instant Previews, Android and iOS users must go to www.google.com, perform a search, and then tap the magnifying glass next to any search result. The Instant Preview feature will then display a side-by-side comparison of the web pages.
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 App Gains Tappable Shortcuts
Google today said an update to its mobile search app should make it quicker and easier to find basic information via tappable shortcuts that are positioned underneath the search box. The shortcuts let people perform instant searches for a variety of items, including entertainment, sports, weather, food, news, and more.
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 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.