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Put a shark or panda in your living room with Google Search's new AR 3D models

At I/O, Google had a cute — and terrifying — demo where an AR 3D shark was placed right on the stage. It didn't take much; a simple search for the word "shark," a couple of taps, and the spine-chilling animal was just there swinging left to right, grinning with his clean white teeth on show. You can have that same experience now as the feature is going live for users. I recommend playing the Jaws theme song while you're testing it, for maximum effect.

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[Update: Back to normal] Google search is not showing recent results right now, which may make this story hard to find

Google has thousands of custom-built servers that scan the web every single second for new content... except right now. Google stopped indexing new webpages a few hours ago, but the company says a fix is on the way.

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Google search results on mobile now placing URLs above page titles

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Google Search gets new account picker with Incognito mode

The Google Search app has been getting a lot of love from its developers lately. The beta version is currently testing an incomplete dark mode while the stable release has seen the addition of the account switcher we see in many other Google apps. Recently, another new feature has rolled out to many users – the app now includes an incognito mode, depicted in the screenshot above as "Use without an account."

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Google Search app experiments with Dark Theme [APK Download]

Last week during its annual developer conference, Google announced that it would introduce a dark mode with Android 10 Q. The signs have been pointing towards that ever since the beta started, but now the company is putting more steam behind the new theme. Over the weekend, we've received tips that the Google app has a dark color scheme in the works, although it's still looking rather wonky, unfinished, and inconsistent across users.

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Google Search and Assistant are getting new instructional chops and deeper app/service integration

As part of the Google I/O brouhaha, Google is announcing a handful of changes related to Search and the Assistant, all of which should help you get to the information you need faster — albeit in slightly different ways. First, Search will soon support a so-called "HowTo" markup schema for web developers and video makers, which will allow for their content to appear as results in related how-to queries. Second, Google is expanding App Actions to more deeply integrate a few new types of services including health, finance, and ride-sharing into the Assistant.

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3D models in augmented reality are coming directly to Google search

Google has announced that its search engine will now display 3D models directly in its mobile listings, meaning that users can explore the anatomy of sharks or examine the muscles of the elbow with just a few taps. The new feature integrates the device's camera into the search engine.

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AMP Stories will roll out to mobile Google Search soon

Love it or hate it (I hate it), Google AMP is expanding faster than ever. It's no longer just an optimized way to make mobile web pages, as it now powers interactive content in Gmail. 'AMP Stories,' a way of creating interactive news stories, was announced over a year ago and it's about to roll out to everyone.

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Google Search news results get a Material Design refresh

With Google, you have many ways of accessing the news. If you want to dive into a particular topic, your best bet is to use Google Search itself. Soon, you'll be able to do that in a fancier fashion in the search app and on the mobile web, as Google is working on a Material Design refresh for its news section. Our lucky tipsters got an early glance at it through the company's notorious A/B testing.

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Google Search now scrolls to relevant featured snippet on AMP links

One of many useful features in Google Search, 'featured snippets' pulls answers to common, simple questions from relevant web pages and puts them front and center when you enter a query. Usually, tapping through to the article Google got the answer from does nothing other than take you to that page, but new behavior has been observed whereby it will scroll you to the snippet on that page.

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