06
Feb
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You've got to give it to Google: the company has its finger on the pulse of the world's search habits. Take the upcoming Sochi Olympics - while Russia itself seems poised for an international embarrassment of epic proportions, Google has already tuned up its search engine with Sochi information for desktop and mobile searches. Most searches with "olympics" and an event will return a quick schedule and/or results card in the Knowledge Graph area.

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But wait, there's more! If you've managed to get your hands on the Google Search 3.2 app, you'll also see relevant Sochi 2014 cards in Google Now, assuming that you've made some organic searches about the Olympics. The "Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics" card includes quick links to medal standings and upcoming events. The actual card may get more dynamic as the games continue and as you make more specific searches. If you're still stuck on the older version of Google Search thanks to the staged rollout, you can get the updated APK right here. I searched for "Olympic Schedule" and the card popped up right away.

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We've heard reports that the Google Now card is showing up for users in the United States, United Kingdom, and Italy, so it looks like Google is taking the international nature of the Olympics into account and spreading it to more than just the US. Thanks, Google - that's one more app I don't need to download.

Thanks, Adam Stephenson!

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Hayden Lewis

    Card showed up Automatically for me (Australia)

    • Giacu Truss

      Damn, no card for me, also Australia, tried searching and all... using new version 3.2

  • gwhizkids

    Got it this morning. It was simply my interest in sports that caused it to appear (per the 3 little dots thingy in the upper right) so a search for things Olympic may not even be necessary to trigger it.

  • Roberto Giunta

    Austria here, searched for it in Google Now but no card, yet.

    Ah well, we're only second tier for Google, so no wonder.

    • Chris

      I can see the Olympic cards, You need to install the new Search App (V3.2). My Note 2 runs with Language Setting - German(Austria). greeting from Vienna

      • Roberto Giunta

        I have the newest search app installed, I got all my language settings in English (US), I did 'all the searches' for the Olympics + Sochi and still nothing comes up.

        Oh, and Greetings from Vienna, too! :)

  • Deepansh Khurana

    Not Showing up in India even after desperate deliberate attempts. :/

    • ab

      can you try changing your language settings ?

  • Dennis Ulijn

    Netherlands: card not showing up. Tried multiple things but no result.

  • usaff22

    Showed immediately in the UK

  • anzensepp1987

    Works great in Germany! Just one search for "Olympics Sochi" did it.

  • Bruce Low

    Not showing for Canada

  • Alberto

    It works in Spain, too.

  • miri

    I cannot for the life of me get it to show up. Maybe it'll come tomorrow...

  • Rafter

    Not showing in Canada after multiple tries of searching "Sochi 2014", "Olympic Schedule", etc.

  • RĂºben Santos

    I'm from Portugal and it popped up without I even asked for it.

  • http://www.tangcla.com/ Clarence Tang

    Nothing for me :( oh well.

  • Matthew Fry

    Came up but now I've realized that all the events are between 10:30pm and 7:30am here which is unlikely when they'll be airing. Nice, but not that helpful.

  • Ryan Montgomery

    I'm in the US, and I've been trying to get it to show up to no avail. I've tried enough related queries to get an "Olympic Games" research card though.

  • Stefan

    Also available germany

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