The new Google search apps allow users to get information on mobile devices without typing anything.
(CCM) — Google has given its mobile search capabilities an overhaul, introducing new tappable shortcuts to surface information on selected topics much more quickly. The changes affect its iOS and Android apps, as well as Google.com on the mobile web. The new shortcuts appear below the main Google search box, and cover topics including Sports, Eat & Drink, Entertainment, and Weather. Android users can access dozens of extra shortcuts including: Translate, Nearby Attractions, Flights, Hotels, Internet Speed Test, Currency Converter, and I'm Feeling Curious.
"The Google search box is great when you're looking for a specific answer, but there are also moments when you just want to catch up on the latest for topics of interest," Tamar Yehoshua, Google's vice president of product management, explained in a blog post announcing the changes. The shortcuts will enable users to update themselves on the latest football scores by tapping through to specific game times, scores, and team news, or to find local dining options and read reviews of local eateries by tapping on the Eat & Drink shortcut, he added. The information is updated every time a shortcut is tapped. The updated Google app is available in the U.S. now.
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