Google’s been busy.
Two new features rolled out in the past week to increase search productivity. The first is universal search in Google Suggest; the other, Quick Scroll in the newest version of Google Chrome.
As users request more sophisticated and specialized searches, Google is stepping up to the plate and serving faster ways to get there. And sometimes we don’t even have to click to get to the page we want. It’s right there in black and white… or blue.
I found the Google Suggest upgrade most intriguing and had to check it out, so I targeted weather, one of the universal search topics on the new feature.
What’s the difference? You’ll find some icons popping up on your screen before you even finish typing.
Here’s how it works:
For example, if I want to know the latest weather in Marseille, France, where a friend flew off to yesterday, all I have to do is type in “weather Marsei” and it’s already popped up 1st on my list before I can even finish the word. And I can type pretty fast, too.
So it’s 41 and sunny on the coast of France. A few clouds rolling in, though.
And it will even spell for you when you don’t know how. Of course, I can spell pretty well most days, so it’s really not an issue, but it’s the thought that counts.
The tweaking of new technology for Google Suggest gives results for weather, flight status, international currency conversions, local time, definitions and more, all in the name of making a search faster.
When a search applies, friendly little icons will pop up to let you know what you need in a visual feature we haven’t seen before.
I think it’s nice to see Google trying to simplify something that is already simple, forever working to speed up the process. Better, faster, more.
And yes, Google Suggest can even spell for those of us who can’t.
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