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  • Google Redesigns Its iPhone Search App To Be Faster And Prettier

    Google Redesigns Its iPhone Search App To Be Faster And Prettier

    Google today launched version 2.0 of its search app for iPhone. Google completely overhauled the design of the app, which now looks and feels more like the app’s iPad version the company launched last November. The new version feels significantly faster than the last one and the new design works especially well for image searches. Surprisingly, Google hasn’t officially announced… Read More

  • Google Image Search Adds More Tablet-Optimized Improvements

    Google Image Search Adds More Tablet-Optimized Improvements

    Google has updated its Google Image Search experience with a redesign targeted towards users of tablet devices, including the Apple iPad. Now, when you’re browsing through image results on your tablet computer (yep, Android tablets, too), you can tap an image result in the carousel view to expand the image on the screen. You can then begin swiping through the rest of the image search… Read More

  • Google Says 1/3 Of Search Ads Are Now ‘Enhanced’, Launches New Formats

    Google Says 1/3 Of Search Ads Are Now ‘Enhanced’, Launches New Formats

    Remember when Google search ads used to be three lines of text? Nowadays, says Google in a new blog post, roughly one-third of searches with ads show an enhanced ad format (featuring video preview windows, prices, images, specific links on a given Web page, recommendations from your friends and whatnot). Or as Google puts it in the blog post: What started as three lines of simple text has… Read More

  • Google Quietly Rolls Out WDYL.com: A Range Of Google Product Results On One Page

    Google Quietly Rolls Out WDYL.com: A Range Of Google Product Results On One Page

    This morning, we got tipped to check out wdyl.com. The tipster noted that it was apparently a new Google site attempting to “create a unified UI to search in multiple channels”. Sure enough, visiting the URL brought up a Google page — but it was a 404 page. Turns out it needs the “www” in order to work. Yes, wdyl.com is not quite ready for prime-time. But it is… Read More

  • Google Appears To Be Testing A Sparse, Ugly New Results Page

    Whoa there tipsters, slow down. We’ve just been bombarded with tips coming our way that Google has rolled out a new-look search results page. Scanning Twitter, it looks like there are in fact a lot of people seeing this. And boy is it ugly. I mean, it’s great that Google appears to be trying to clean up the look of the results page, which has gotten pretty cluttered over the years… Read More

  • Google's Revamped iPhone App Now Worth Using; Could Be Better Still

    Google’s flagship native app for the iPhone has always been a little odd. First of all, it was called “Google Mobile App”, which seemed a bit redundant. More importantly, it just wasn’t really worth using instead of google.com in the Safari web browser itself. But a big update today fixes both issues — and showcases how it could be ever better still. What was… Read More

  • Google's Wizard Of Oz Search Algorithm And The Threat Of Facebook Search

    Google's Wizard Of Oz Search Algorithm And The Threat Of Facebook Search

    Google search is powered by algorithms. Computers slice and dice data looking for signals that a web page is more or less interesting than other web pages for a given query. PageRank is a big part of this, where Google looks at inbound links to a site as well as the text relevant to that link. But Google also uses lots of other signals to determine the relevance of a web page. They have to… Read More

  • Google Search Finally Going Fully Social With Shared Twitter Links And Even Quora Data

    Google Search Finally Going Fully Social With Shared Twitter Links And Even Quora Data

    At least a couple times a week we get tipped about Google testing a new “social search” feature. The truth is that the “social circle” results that everyone is pointing to have been in place since 2009. But Google clearly didn’t think too much of them and shoved them all the way down at the bottom of the results page. I’m not sure I’ve ever clicked on… Read More

  • Marissa Mayer's Next Big Thing: "Contextual Discovery" — Google Results Without Search

    Marissa Mayer's Next Big Thing: "Contextual Discovery" — Google Results Without Search

    Today at LeWeb ’10 in Paris, France, our own Michael Arrington took the stage to talk with Google’s Marissa Mayer. Mayer recently took a new job within Google. Technically, she’s now the head of consumer products for the company. So what’s she working on? Well, as we’ve all heard, location is a big part of it. But she’s also thinking about a bigger picture… Read More

  • Google Instant Previews: Get Ready To Be 5% More Likely Satisfied With Google Search

    Google Instant Previews: Get Ready To Be 5% More Likely Satisfied With Google Search

    I can’t recall something we’ve gotten tipped about more than Google Instant Previews. Even after we wrote about it appearing in the wild a month ago, the tips kept flowing in. Even just yesterday we received two more: “NEW GOOGLE FEATURE!!!” We appreciate the tips, and I’m happy to say today that you can stop sending this specific one. Because Google is… Read More