There are a lot of choices for weather apps on Android - you can see the best in Rita El Khoury's roundup from yesterday. But if you prefer to have as few apps on your phone as possible (because Windows RAM-saving behavior dies hard), Google has just improved the built-in weather function of its mobile search. Specifically, the Knowledge Graph function that shows you weather for a specific location now extends for ten days. It's not a huge change, but it makes it easier to figure out the long-range forecast at a glance. The Search function even allows you to break down the day-by-day forecast by hour with a handy slider. Typical searches for "weather" will simply return your current location, while general or specific searches will get you down to the city level. Keep in mind that even the best forecasts tend to get a little fuzzy after more than five days out. Information is gathered from Weather.com. Oddly, this makes the weather function of Google's web search more long-reaching … [Read more...] about Google Mobile Search Adds Ten-Day Weather Forecasts
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Google has been testing lots of tweaks for its mobile search engine results page lately. We've seen colored underlines on results cards and a rather pleasing new layout for the search bar and associated tools, and now a few users are reporting something a little strange - colored dots. We've received multiple reports of search result cards with four dots (colored with Google's signature blue, green, yellow, and red) in the lower right corner. The colored dots, if you're wondering, didn't seem to do anything when tapped for our original tipsters, but reader Ali notes below that the dots do seem to work just like tapping on the card's URL. Of course, the colored underlines most users currently see on search results don't do much either, but what makes the dots odd (besides the resemblance to the Google Domains logo) is that they appear inside the card itself. Additionally, between the two sets of screenshots we received, the dots appear to be in a different order, though … [Read more...] about Google Testing Another Design Tweak For Mobile Results Page
According to one analyst, last year Google paid more than $3 billion to Apple so that Google Search could remain the default search engine on iOS-powered devices like the iPhone and iPad. But Google parent Alphabet has said that its traffic acquisition costs are expected to drop this year, and that category includes such payments to Apple. The latter accounts for such revenue under services, which happens to be the part of Apple's business it is focusing on with the slowdown of hardware sales. In the just released fiscal second quarter, Apple cited licensing as the main driver of a 31% year-over-year hike in service revenue.Ben Schachter of Macquarie says that the licensing payment that Apple receives from Google practically goes straight to the bottom line, compared with the 15% profit margin that Apple achieves with Apple Music. The streaming music service is subscription based, which means that it too is included under services. Lower licensing fees from Google would certainly have … [Read more...] about WSJ: Google Search payments to Apple will slow this year
April 13, 2018 - Written By Mark Real Google has announced the incoming availability of Google Go, a new app designed specifically for devices running Android Go, a lightweight fork of the world’s most popular operating system. Like other Go versions of applications developed by the tech firm, this app is targeted at consumers who own smartphones with limited RAM or storage space, as well as users who live in areas with poor network coverage or high mobile data costs. The search giant noted that the Google Go application uses an advanced data compression algorithm which reduces the data consumed when displaying search results by as much as 40-percent. Moreover, the app automatically caches previous search results, which users can view when they are offline. The Google Go app will still attempt to retrieve search results in the background once the device is connected to the network and the software will automatically inform users once the search results have been retrieved … [Read more...] about Google Go Android App Launched To Accelerate Mobile Search
Today Google announced universal search suggestions on the mobile version of their search page. It has been enabled on all major smartphone platforms, so even our iPhone carrying “friends” should be able to partake. Google first made this change on the desktop version of the search page back in December, and while it was neat, I can’t say I’ve really played with it since it was released. This probably has more to do with the fact that I just control+K to the search bar in Firefox or Chrome rather than visit the search page itself. If you missed the original announcement, universal suggestive search provides real time information in the drop down box that appears when you begin typing, in addition to the regular search term suggestions. The idea being that if you were to type in ‘weather houston’, it would provide you with the weather right in the box, rather than you having to go through the hassle of pressing enter, then clicking on a link from the … [Read more...] about Google Turns On Universal Suggest In Mobile Search
Google is adding a small but useful update to its mobile search app that should make it easier to plan a night out to the movies. A new comparison tool lets you quickly see IMDB, Metacritic, and Rotten Tomatoes scores, as well as a description and showtimes. The movies are listed in a horizontal card interface so you can quickly explore your options. Alternatively, you can see what’s playing by location on a map, and you can narrow you search based on genre, reviews, and even what type of screen the film is being shown on. It’s one less reason to visit a traditional movie site like Fandango to find information about a movie. To be clear, Google will still link to those services once you actually go to purchase a ticket, but the update should make picking something to watch a little more seamless, as you probably would’ve Googled a movie before arriving at its Fandango page anyway. The update is rolling out to the Googleapp on Android first in the US and … [Read more...] about Google Search just made it easier to pick a movie to watch
Google isn't one to rest on its laurels when it comes to the UX of its apps and sites. The company is continually testing different looks as it tries to keep up with the ever-changing design landscape and make its products as easy to use as possible. Search is still the company's bread and butter, and accordingly, it gets A/B tested more than most other properties. These latest changes have been tested to varying extents in recent months, and from the numerous tips we've had it seems they're being rolled out more-widely now. Let's take a look at what's new. Head to the Google homepage and you'll already notice that the search box is more rounded than before (above, left). I'm using the stable Chrome 62 build, but this should be the case with any browser. When you start typing your query, the new design is also mirrored in the predictive search suggestions underneath the search box (above, center). The results page is no different (above, right); all of the cards are rounded now. … [Read more...] about Google’s rounded mobile search redesign is now rolling out to everyone
Google is now adding captions to image results in an effort to give images more context. Image captions are set to roll out globally this week on the Google app on Android and iOS, and in mobile web browsers. There’s no word yet on whether the feature will roll out to desktop browsers, which have a slightly different look than mobile web browsers. Now when you Google search for images, each image will have a caption in bold. The captions will be the titles of the web page where each image is published. Google said in a press release, “This extra piece of information gives you more context so you can easily find out what the image is about.” Last year, Google added badges on certain search results and added websites’ domain URLs to show users where the image comes from. We’ve reached out to Google for comment on whether captions will roll out to desktop. … [Read more...] about Google Images will display captions on mobile searches
Bought an Amazon Echo last Christmas? You were not the only one. According to a statement released by Amazon, “millions” of Echo Dots — the manufacturer’s smart home devices featuring voice assistant Alexa — were sold during the holidays, making it the best-selling item on their website. Indeed, virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa are increasingly being used in everyday life — and this changes the way consumers browse the web. Gartner predicts that by 2020, 30 percent of our browsing sessions will be voice conducted. In addition, audio-centric technologies such as Apple’s AirPods, Google Home and Amazon’s Echo, are turning “voice first” interactions into ubiquitous experiences. Instead of searching via textual input, consumers are searching via voice input. This piece offers practical tools and tips for SMEs to adjust to this new era of browsing. A short history of search To understand how this new … [Read more...] about By 2020, 30% of search is voice-conducted. Here’s what that means for your business.