Google is 15 years old. Lets think about that for a moment: the company that has grown to have not one but two operating systems, develop self-driving cars, map much of the globe, manage most of our mail, offer an online collaborative office suite, and have a name ubiquitous enough to enter the dictionary, is younger than most of our readers. Google has only recently gone through puberty and is currently studying up for its driving exam. In the meantime, the company is also rolling out new search features that again improve the way we search online.

The first is the ability to compare and filter answers from Google's Knowledge Graph. Give it a command like "Tell me about Impressionist artists" to get a results page with several artists listed across the top, just waiting to be filtered by time period and genre. Likewise, you could ask your phone how much saturated fat is in butter versus olive oil to get a graph comparing the two.

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Another new feature is the ability to better sync Google reminders between devices. For example, you could tell your tablet, "OK Google, remind me to buy butter from Whole Foods," and get a notification on your phone when you go near the store. This functionality isn't here yet, but Google hopes to roll it out in the next couple of weeks.


Lastly, Google Search gets a cleaner look on mobile devices. Results will soon be clustered on cards. That's right - more cards. Get used to them.


Update: The fun doesn't stop there. Google's also made it easier to find content related to movies and music. Looking up a movie will bring up details about it, including headshots of the cast. Likewise, searching for a band should bring up their related work, such as their songs, albums, and music videos.

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They grow up so fast. It's been a joy to watch Google develop so far, and I look forward to seeing the adult it becomes.

Source: Google, Google+