Search is Google's bread and butter, its raison d'être, and almost certainly the company's most widely used product. Last month Google revealed a new focus on instructional how-to content in Search, and we've received reports that Google is showing "in this video" bookmarks below YouTube video results in searches made from the Google app. Read More
Google began a Material Theme refresh of its desktop search UI last fall comprising tweaks all users see now, including a search "box" with rounded corners, more white, and a persistent search bar. The next step may be nigh, as the search engine is testing the addition of Material Theme icons that sit beside each search menu filter (e.g., News, Maps, Images, etc.) and are colorized when their corresponding filter is active. Read More
Ever run a query through Google sometimes and then wonder why half, if not all of the first page is a splatter of results featuring one site, just with different pages? If you're looking up a business or restaurant, you might only be getting Yelp listings. Or maybe you're looking for semi-scandalous news and it's all the Daily Mail? Well, the search behemoth is trying to kill off search spam with a change to its results optimizations focusing on site diversity. Read More
Two days ago, California congressional Rep. Ted Lieu introduced a new bill to the US House of Representatives (together with a similar bill introduced in the Senate) meant to expand the privacy-related rights of Americans at US borders. The new Protecting Data at the Border Act, as it is called, would prevent law enforcement from utilizing "exceptions" for warrantless searches of electronic devices at borders. Read More
Part of the changes introduced with Chrome's Duet interface (previously known as Duplex) is a new search button in the bottom bar that lets you jump to the address bar and perform a Google search. But until now, it wasn't clear that you could start typing a new query immediately, as the URL was still there and highlighted. A new Chrome flag has been added to clarify things, plus make it easier to share or copy the current page's URL. Read More
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. Read More
Finding openings for remote positions through conventional job portals can be a pain — jobs are usually filtered by location first, so you end up having to conduct a lot of different searches. To help alleviate this problem, Google Search, which also lists job openings (formerly called 'Google for Jobs'), has added tools to help both remote employers and employees find each other.
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. Read More