Google Takes Aim at Improving BlackBerry 6 Search
Google today announced a refresh of its browser-based Google Search product for the BlackBerry 6 platform. First, Google Search for BlackBerry 6 adds features such as autocomplete and search history to help speed up text entry. Second, Google revised the behavior of the search result pages in an attempt to make it easier to sift through results for the right information. Third, users of touch-based BlackBerries can now swipe through image search results. Last, Google has added its Places feature, which helps people locate local businesses through predefined categories. The new features are available to most BlackBerry 6 devices in the WebKit-based browser.
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.
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.
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 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.