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Android 12 may allow universal device search from third party launchers

Android 12 may allow universal device search from third party launchers

Search has always been a core component of Android — the OS is made by Google, after all. But one of the coolest tricks of the system has been reserved for Google's own launcher and widget: the ability to search through both your own apps and web search results at once. That capability may be coming to all launchers and apps in the near future, according to developer documentation for Android 12.

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Google's Suez Canal Easter egg will surely float your boat

Google's Suez Canal Easter egg will surely float your boat

For the past week, people have been flooded with news — and more importantly, memes— about the Ever Given container ship that got stranded in the Suez Canal. It’s been the butt of all jokes lately, and there’s no stopping them even after the vessel was freed yesterday. Google, too, wants to join the fun in the way it knows the best — with a search-related Easter egg.

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Google’s search tools can help with your homework

Google’s search tools can help with your homework

Google has become invaluable to students and teachers, especially with remote learning becoming a necessity all around the world. Despite some of their shortcomings, the company's tools are generally incredibly helpful, and now, Google has highlighted a few more education-focused features in its core product Search.

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Google wants you to use Lens so badly it might get tacked onto the Search widget

Google wants you to use Lens so badly it might get tacked onto the Search widget

Google Lens combines the power of live image processing vis a vis your phone's camera with artificial intelligence and the enormous reach of the company's search engine. Apparently not enough people know to use the app, though, so it has been working on making it more visible to users across Android.

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Google throws the travel industry a bone by making hotel listings in Search free

Google throws the travel industry a bone by making hotel listings in Search free

Hotels have had kind of a rough year. So has everyone, of course, but it's safe to say that the travel industry is in a bit of a crisis at the moment. That's the context Google used to announce that as of now, it's free for hotels to list specific room rates and dates in the price comparison tool at Google.com/travel.

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Google hopes to make you a little less ignorant about news with its latest change in Search

Google hopes to make you a little less ignorant about news with its latest change in Search

Google is justifiably tentative to change anything about how Search works. You don't just play with your core product. But today, a long-awaited adjustment is finally rolling out for news coverage that appears in Search. Google's Full Coverage feature — which first debuted with Google News back in 2018, and which the company announced was coming to Search all the way back in 2019 —is now live to help provide a bit of extra context for big stories.

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Google is testing a ‘People also view’ card in its in-app browser

Google is testing a ‘People also view’ card in its in-app browser

Google has been testing a redesigned internal browser within its Android app for a while now. While it still hasn't rolled it out to all users yet, the browser is now picking up a new feature that can suggest related content in a pull tab.

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Google will pay some Australian publishers after threat to leave market boomerangs

Google will pay some Australian publishers after threat to leave market boomerangs

Google is starting to back down on its threat to leave the Australian market. In a blog post today, the company extended an olive branch, highlighting Australian publishers that would be joining the News Showcase program, which pays publishers as part of a licensing program to refer traffic to their stories.

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Google Search is making it easier to vet websites with ‘About this result’ cards

Google Search is making it easier to vet websites with ‘About this result’ cards

When searching for something on Google, you often come across websites you've never visited before. To find out if the source is trustworthy, you can do some additional research via yet another Google search, but the company is looking to make things more comfortable for you. Starting today, you'll see an overflow menu next to most search results that provides additional details on the source you found.

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Bing to the rescue: Microsoft happy to step in if Google pulls out of Australia

Bing to the rescue: Microsoft happy to step in if Google pulls out of Australia

Google threatened to leave the Australian market if the local government pulls through with a law that would require search engines to pay publishers for linking to news articles. The threat hasn't gone down well, and in a turn of events that shouldn't surprise anyone, smaller competitors are ready to step in should Google pull through with its decision if the law is passed. Microsoft is ready to agree and work with the Australian government going forward, just like DuckDuckGo.

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