Google adds handy shortcuts to help with searching in Google app update

22 March, 2017, 00:31 | Author: Bridget Leonard

Basically, Google has created an interface full of shortcuts that can give you information at the tap of a button.

The latest update, going live now for users in the United States, takes the form of tappable shortcuts that live underneath the search bar, and can connect you with everything from nearby areas of interest to entertainment news, translation and currency conversion, and, of course, weather forecasts. In total, there would be 40 more shortcuts in Android than in iOS. Today, Google is rolling out an update to its main search app for iOS and Android in the United States that will add shortcuts below the search bar. Android users can also tap a little arrow at the side to unearth a bunch more shortcuts, covering location-based tidbits such as nearby restaurants and bars, or tools such as Google Translate, games, and an internet speed test.

These one-tap shortcuts are supposed to let you "explore deeper about topics you care about", according to Google. There's tic-tac-toe, solitaire, a catalog of animal sounds, a shortcut to I'm Feeling Curious, and even coin flipping - which is sure to come in handy as you and your friends decide on which local attraction to hit up.


Android users can also make use of Google's close integration with their OS and tap "My Stuff".

It's the easiest way to uncover nearby must-try spots while you're out and about.
However, the company is now condensing all of the stuff into a single space so as to ensure that when a user wants to know more about the whether, he or she can do so from right within the Google application instead of having to hunt throughout the neighborhood.

At launch, tappable shortcuts are available only in the United States. Right now, Google says the so-called tappable shortcuts are available to users in the United States and it didn't elaborate on when they might be available elsewhere.

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