Google will soon look different on your smartphone
- Fariha Khan
- March 24, 2017
Showing blue links to pulling up full answers to questions and displaying pertinent data before you even ask for it, Google's search engine has greatly evolved from what it was at the time of its inception. The firm is building shortcuts into the mobile version of Google Search that allows you to find answers to popular queries by tapping instead of typing.
The Google Search app as well as the Search homepage on the mobile web will have shortcuts for areas of interest now like sports, foods, weather and entertainment. At the moment, the Google Search app displays news headlines that you are interested in, the weather, and sports scores in one feed. With the new update you can tap individual topics in order to browse a complete feed of information related to that topic in particular. For instance, picking entertainment will display showtimes, trailers, and news about TV and movies. In the same way, sports category would show scores and news about your favorite teams.
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Google is basically arranging this as a means to delve deeper into particular subjects instead of simply touching on these topics in the Google Search app's main feed. These results will differ considering your search history and preferences as well.
Android as well as iOS Google Search app will be getting new buttons. However, Android will have a number of additional options at their disposal. Furthermore, Android users will see shortcuts for animal sounds, a unit converter, a tip calculator, booking a flight as well as close by ATMs and grocery stores in addition to other information. The android Google app will offer over forty shortcuts. On the other hand, the iOS app and the mobile web will just get buttons to explore sports, weather, eat, drink and entertainment.
Google will spot the shortcuts you use most often on the homepage. Android users can tap an arrow in order to access tons of other options. Tamar Yehoshua, Google's vice president of product management stated in this regard,
We looked at, what are people doing the most in your locale, [and then] we prioritized those as options.
Google will change these shortcuts ultimately in order to reflect up-to-date events too like the NBA Finals.
Though this update may change little about what people really use Google for, it shows a lot about how Google envisions its core product. It's another sign that shows the company is aiming to be a center for all of your interests instead of just acting as a means of finding answers to questions.