Google Search’s Quick Shortcuts to Popular Tools Begin Rolling Out More Widely

This morning, Google announced that Google Search will soon (starting today) begin showing shortcuts to some of its most popular tools. This is the broader rollout of a feature that has been in testing for some time. In fact, we showed you these shortcuts back in early February.

The shortcuts, once they start showing on your device, will be found just under the search bar as you load up the Google app or swipe over into Google Now in the Now Launcher. You can see exactly what this looks like in the image above.  (more…)

Google Now Lets You Check How Busy a Place is In Real-Time

Back in 2015, Google introduced a featured in Google Search that showed you when a retailer, bar, restaurant, or other location was the most popular. The Popular Times section in the place’s listing featured a graph that let you see at what time might be best to visit to avoid crowds. Today, Google is upgrading this feature with a real-time representation of how popular a place is at the moment.  (more…)

Google Search Now Lets You Play Solitaire or Tic-Tac-Toe

From within the Google app (or on the desktop), you can now play solitaire or tic-tac-toe without ever installing either game. Thanks to the power of Google, each game is essentially embedded within search results, giving you quick access to two of the all-time classics.

In solitaire, Google is giving you easy or hard options, which means single card or triple card dealing. The works as you would expect, with tapping and dragging of cards until you can stack them all.  (more…)

Google Search Makes Finding the Hot Spots in Cities Easier

Imagine you are visiting San Francisco, but only have 24 hours to cram in as much fun stuff as you can. In a city like SF, where there is something to do on every corner, Google wants to ensure that you are only seeing, doing, and eating the best of the best.

Beginning now, when users type a certain type of food into Google Search, the results will be filled with lists of must-try locations. For example, if you type in “hamburgers,” the results will return as normal. However, the top listings will also feature reviews from top critics and best-of lists from reputable publishers. Essentially, Google is attempting to weed out the not-so-favorable locations from listings.  (more…)

Google Now on Tap Gets Translating From Any Screen, New Discover Mode, Barcode/QR Scanning

Google Now on Tap, a one-time cool but limited party trick, is sure turning into the useful service we all hoped (and sort of envisioned) it could be come. The latest wave of new features to hit the in-the-moment search service includes the ability to translate text from any screen, discover new content in a new Discover mode, and quickly find out information about products by scanning barcodes and QR codes.  (more…)

Google is Testing Internet Speed Within Search Results

Typically, when you are looking to test your internet speeds, one will head to Ookla’s Speed Test website, or maybe even Netflix’s new Fast.com site. Well, that all may be changing soon. According to information posted onto Google’s support site, as well as a tweet circulating the web, it appears Google is bringing internet speed testing directly to Google Search.  (more…)