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…)

The Next Time You Search for Symptoms on Google, You Won’t Leave Thinking You Have Cancer

If you have ever tried using Google to determine if you are really sick by looking through symptoms, it’s entirely possible that you ended your search thinking something could be seriously wrong with you. How could my minor headache and cough possibly be linked to pseudohypoparathyroidism or hypoparathyroidism? Don’t worry, you are not the only one who uses Google to check their health. According to Google, millions of searches are performed to check symptoms, and because of this, the company is revamping the symptom search experience.  (more…)

Nat and Lo Give Us the Skinny on the Updated Voice in Google Search

As you may have seen over the past week, the voice for Google Search has been getting updated for many users. It’s more clear, and at times, the way it speaks sounds very much as if you were speaking in real-time to another human being. Of course, that’s because at one point, the words you are hearing were previously recorded by an actual human voice actor. With countless hours of work, thousands of sentences are spliced and stitched together, allowing Google to have its search engine say whatever it needs to, in a way that comes off naturally.  (more…)