Google Makes Searching and Sharing Via iMessage Simpler
Google today detailed several new features headed to the Google Search app on iOS devices. First and foremost, Google Search gains a new extension for iMessage that lets you perform Google searches from within iMessage and then easily share the results. New icons for "food" or "nearby" or others simplify the process of finding things to do and share. The tool applies to search results as well as GIFs and is available from the iMessage apps drawer. Second, Google has made it possible to discover related content when searching from any browser on iOS, including Safari. Google added a "Search Google" option to the Safari share menu to make this work with just a few taps. This means if users can find similar things and then share them with no need for more typing. Last, Google Search on the iPad (iOS 11) now supports drag-and-drop so iPad owners can move text, images, and links to/from the Google app. The new Google Search for iOS app is available to download from the iTunes App Store.
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 to Bake Google Lens Directly Into Its Camera App
Google today made several changes to its Google Lens visual search tool. First and foremost, it is adding Google Lens directly to the camera app of Pixel phones.
Searching for Movies in Google Search Just Got Better
Google today improved the way it displays search results for movies on mobile devices. The latest update to the Google app now lets people compare ratings, showtimes, theater locations, and other details in a new result card.
Google Improves Link Sharing from AMP Articles
Google this week made it simpler for mobile device users to share AMP articles. AMP articles are specially formatted for viewing on mobile devices and load faster than standard web sites.