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  • Google Updates Search iOS App With Minor Bug Fixes, Still No Sign Of Google Now

    Google Updates Search iOS App With Minor Bug Fixes, Still No Sign Of Google Now

    Google has quietly rolled out an update to its Google Search app for iOS, and before you get your hopes up, I’ll go ahead and tell you that there’s no “Google Now” anywhere to be seen. The update does, however, bring with it some improvements to voice search. According to the official iTunes page, users will have “faster and significantly improved voice… Read More

  • Google Expands Search Field Trial To Include Results From Your Calendar On Its Search Results Pages

    Google Expands Search Field Trial To Include Results From Your Calendar On Its Search Results Pages

    Google just announced that users who participate in its Gmail and Google.com search field trial will now also see results from their personal calendar on Google’s search results pages. You can see these results by using queries like [what is on my calendar today] and [when am i meeting rip]. Read More

  • 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

  • Google Instant Brings Search As You Type To The iPhone. Cool, But Pretty Hard To See

    Two months ago, when they first unveiled Google Instant, Google let everyone know that it would be coming to mobile devices this fall. Sure enough, it’s here, in beta form. While the feature hit some Android devices about a week ago, today it has arrived for the iPhone as well. I’ve just loaded up google.com on my device and sure enough, right below the search box and location… Read More

  • Full Page Previews Spotted Alongside Google Search Results

    We haven’t been able to reproduce this, and Google has yet to respond to our requests for confirmation and more information, but SEO consultant Patrick Altoft says he has spotted something fresh while using the search engine: full-page previews of search results. Update: TheNextWeb has been able to reproduce this as well, so Google’s definitely testing this right now. Read More

  • What's Next For Google Search? Two Icons May Hold The Clue

    What's Next For Google Search? Two Icons May Hold The Clue

    Over time, we’ve scooped things ranging from Facebook Places to various Chrome OS features simply by digging through code put out there in public. What’s great about doing this is that it negates the inevitable non-denial denials from companies when you ask about these features. Code doesn’t lie. Neither do images. And the latter may reveal two upcoming features destined… Read More

  • Google Instant Coming Natively To Browsers "In The Next Few Months"

    Google Instant Coming Natively To Browsers "In The Next Few Months"

    Today at the Google Search event in San Francisco, the search giant unveiled Instant, a huge new feature that allows users to search in real time (without hitting the search button). It looks to be an awesome product that will save users a lot of aggregate time. But that’s on Google.com. I rarely use Google.com anymore. I want it in the Chrome Omnibox. That’s coming soon… Read More

  • Google Instant For Mobile Coming Later This Fall

    Today at their Search event, Google showed of a huge update: Google Instant. As you can probably guess, this is a way to search in realtime simply by typing. While this new feature is rolling out on Google for users in the U.S. today (and the world shortly), that’s only on google.com. But Google gave a sneak preview of what’s coming next: Google Instant for Mobile, coming… Read More

  • Google Now Serving 1 Billion Users Each Week

    Google Now Serving 1 Billion Users Each Week

    Today at their Google Search event in San Francisco, executive Marissa Mayer kicked things off with a big state: Google is now serving 1 billion users each week. Mayer noted that they have some big announcements coming up today (likely these), but first reiterated that they’ve already done a lot this year. In 2009, Google rolled out 500 UI and ranking changes — in 2010 so far… Read More

  • Google Updates The Doodle Again; Points To Live-Updating Results

    The ongoing saga of Google’s logo continues. The search giant has just changed the doodle on google.com once again this evening, leading up to their search event tomorrow. And once again, it looks as if the logo points to what they’ll be announcing tomorrow. Whereas yesterday, the doodle was more kinetic, which Google called “fast, fun and interactive,” today’s… Read More

  • Google's Kinetic Logo Apparently Has To Do With Their Big Search Event Tomorrow

    Google's Kinetic Logo Apparently Has To Do With Their Big Search Event Tomorrow

    By now, you’ve likely noticed the interesting, kinetic logo Google has had up today. While there is still no official word from the search giant as to exactly what it means, they are letting out some hints. And based on those hints, a good guess seems to be that the logo has to do with what they’ll announce at their big search event being held in San Francisco’s MOMA… Read More