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Google Search Collections get a refined UI and new collaboration features

Google has offered a feature called "Collections" for a while now, but it has always been kinda buried. Essentially, Collections are groups of bookmarks, allowing you to organize things much more easily. Today, Google has announced a refined UI for Collections, along with more prominent placement in the Google app, and a new collaboration feature. First...

Google Search is now better at showing news articles thanks to machine learning

Even though Google News is a thing, a lot of us still rely on Google Search to stay on top of current events. A simple search on any given topic yields thousands of relevant results and it's because of this convenience that many users, including me, haven't transitioned to Google's dedicated platform for news. In...

Google wants couriers to show tracking information in Google Search

Online shopping has become exponentially more popular over the last decade. Couriers are responsible for delivering the items, and the need to know where the package is and when it is due to be delivered gave rise to package tracking systems. Package tracking is something that users have come to take for granted these days....

[Update: Rolling out in India] You can order food with Google Assistant, Search, and Maps without needing delivery apps

Do you enjoy the seamless integration that the Google Assistant offers with just about everything? A lot of people do, but it's definitely not for everyone. Even still, there are huge upgrades on the horizon, and Google knows that there's always room for improvement. If you live in the US, you are now able to...

Google Assistant gets a phone line in India, new Indic languages now supported across Google apps

The count of smartphone users in India stands at 400 million and it's growing at an enormous rate - in fact, it is the only growing smartphone market globally. This makes India not only a market full of opportunities for smartphone companies but also for software giants such as Google. Today, at the 5th edition...

[Update: Maps Incognito in Testing] Google Maps and Google Search will get incognito modes to hide your navigation and search data

We're at the point where our online activity is being tracked virtually all of the time. This can actually be helpful in some cases and we've seen that with all of the various apps and services that utilize our personal data. But there are times when we should be able to expect that we aren't...

Google App tests suggestions and Lens shortcut in the search widget, new At a Glance features, simpler Discover Interests, Podcasts redesign, and Photos sharing from Assistant

The Google App is massive because of how many different services it contains. It's got Google Search, Google Discover, Google Podcasts, Google Assistant, and Google Lens all under the same roof. With so many different services, it's hard to keep up with all the smaller changes that Google is testing. We've been tracking some of...

[Update: Rolling Out] Google now lets you automatically delete your location history and activity data every 3 or 18 months

Google often keeps track of everything you search and wherever you go - so long as you have your smartphone's GPS location turned on. This happens irrespective of whether you're using Google Maps or not. Google often surprises you to leave a review for a place you visit and while those rewards in exchange for...

Google Search results redesign puts more emphasis on website branding

One of the great things about smartphones is always having information at your fingertips. We can quickly pull out our phone, open Google Search, and find just about anything in a jiffy. The results of most of those quick searches currently contain a heap of text - whether it is in the form of links...

Google launches new ways for ads to reach your YouTube homepage, Gmail inbox, and Discover feed

Google has been evaluating new ways to target more users with advertisements. In this pursuit of increasing the reach of ads, Google will soon start offering an "open canvas" to marketers to show you ads in a variety of apps that you visit often. Destinations for this new kind of ads include Google Images, YouTube...

Google Search and Google Lens get new visual and Augmented Reality features

Augmented Reality is often considered the future of technology. So, it wasn't unexpected when one of Google I/O 2019's first announcements was revolving around it. Google seems to be very proud of what they've accomplished in the area. Many of Google's products, like Photos, Maps, Google Lens, and Google Camera have been using some kind...

Google introduces search app and browser options for Android users in Europe

In July 2018, the European Union found Google guilty of violating antitrust regulations, and subsequently imposed a fine of $5 Billion. The EU held that Google "imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general internet search." After the ruling, Google announced changes to how it...