Google launches five new services and tweaks

Google announced a series of new services and updates today, which impact how we search for information.

  • Mobile search: a “Near Me Now” feature added, which returns information about local businesses.
  • Real-time search: Google now crawls “live”, publicly accessible sources, including news, blogs, Facebook pages, MySpace updates, and Twitter. The torrent of such information is strained for relevancy, behind the scenes. (example below)
  • Visual search: “Google Goggles” (for Android phones) lets users take a photo of something, then search for information about it.   Optical character recognition (OCR) scans text, while GPS identifies location.
  • Voice search: expanded to more languages (Japanese, Mandarin Chinese), more complex queries.

An example of real-time search:


In addition, a prototype voice translation function was demonstrated.  Release is estimated for 2010.

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Posted on December 7, 2009 at 5:16 pm by Bryan Alexander · Permalink
In: Communications, Information Literacy, Tools · Tagged with: , , ,

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