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Google Maps and Search will soon tell you wait times at restaurants

Google Maps and Search will soon tell you wait times at restaurants

Google Maps and Search have received some handy new features throughout the year, but this newest addition might be the best one yet. Google revealed today that Maps and Search will soon tell you wait times at sit-down restaurants around the world. This will be rolling out as part of the popular times feature, which has been available in Maps and Search for quite some time.

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Reserve with Google bookings are now open to more businesses

Reserve with Google bookings are now open to more businesses

When people search for establishments and services on Google, they’re not exactly just idly browsing around like they would Pinterest or Wikipedia. Chances are, they’re actually looking for somewhere to go, that is, if there are slots available. That in itself is a multi-step process that involves making phone calls and potentially lost business. To help businesses bring in more customers, and make Google Search your one stop shop for searching and booking, Google introduced Reserve with Google, which it is now opening up for businesses to join.

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Google Lens pretty much confirmed for Pixel release

Google Lens pretty much confirmed for Pixel release

Google Pixel 2's main super secret feature seems to have spilled here days before the device is revealed with Google Lens. The feature's been in Android before for more than a half-decade - in different forms, through different Google apps - but now's the time. In an APK teardown of the most recent version of the Google app, a Google Bar has been discovered with an in-OS editor and a new icon - ready to roll for the new version of Google Lens.

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Google adds local library ebook options to search results

Google adds local library ebook options to search results

If it has been a long while since you last used a library, you may be surprised to learn that many of them have a digital library that offers up digital goods to card holders. Among these digital goods are ebooks, which can be downloaded with the appropriate app for a certain duration before the file expires. This is all free in the same way it is free to rent a physical book, and Google just made finding this content easier.

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Google’s depression quiz is clinically validated and helps gauge severity

Google’s depression quiz is clinically validated and helps gauge severity

If you open the Google Search app on mobile and search the term 'clinical depression,' Google's front page results now include a questionnaire that visitors can take to gauge whether they're depressed and how severe that depression may be. The quiz is clinically validated, according to Google, which has teamed up with the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The quiz is the clinically-validated PHQ-9 questionnaire.

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Google Search Lite in limited testing in some markets [APK Download]

Google Search Lite in limited testing in some markets [APK Download]

One of Google’s key points at its I/O conference last May was making Android more accessible for emerging markets, especially those with phones with very constrained hardware. Part of that “Android Go” thrust is a suite of apps that are supposed to be smarter in making use of those limited resources while still offering the same core experience as their full-blown counterparts. Following the likes of YouTube Go, Google seems to be testing what is calling Search Lite. Don’t be surprised if you don’t see it yet, since it’s currently available, at least for now, in Indonesia.

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Google voice recognition update makes it even easier to talk to your phone

Google voice recognition update makes it even easier to talk to your phone

Gboard on Android and Google's Voice Search are getting quite a significant update today. The company announced today that it is adding 30 new languages and locales to the speech recognition tools for both, bringing the total supported languages for voice recognition up to 119. There's also an interesting little bonus for those using Google's speech recognition in US English coming along with this update too.

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Google SOS Alerts roll out to Search and Maps for crisis information

Google SOS Alerts roll out to Search and Maps for crisis information

Google is rolling out new tools today to help searchers and Maps users get critical information during a crisis. This new feature is called SOS Alerts, and it expands on previous emergency response features Google has launched. It's even live today, offering important information about the wildfires in British Columbia, Canada.

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Android’s Google Search looks new and Pixel-friendly

Android’s Google Search looks new and Pixel-friendly

This weekend Google began rolling out changes to its mobile search results UI. Instead of flat, sharp corners, each result in Google search has a softer, rounder edge. Instead of having nothing in the upper right-hand corner of each search result, this new layout includes four friendly little dots that correspond with the 4 colors of the Google Logo and newest Android OS startup.

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Google’s response to its €2.4bn EU fine is maximum passive-aggressive

Google’s response to its €2.4bn EU fine is maximum passive-aggressive

Google is finding itself in quite a bit of trouble with the European Commission this morning. The Commission has found that Google violated EU antitrust laws by giving search preference to its own comparison shopping service at the expense of its competitors. As a result, Google is going to have to pay a record fine that climbs into the billions.

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Google Search makes it easier to find jobs in the US

Google Search makes it easier to find jobs in the US

One of the new US government's core thrusts is to help Americans find jobs. The tech sector, although majorly critical of recent politics, finds benefits to this mission and has put their skills, services, and technologies to work. At I/O last month, Google revealed its Google for Jobs initiative that dipped the company's toes into the job matching industry. Now it is putting that into the hands of Americans by empowering Google Search, be it on a desktop or a phone, to give them not just the jobs they need but also the jobs they want.

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Android is now running on 2 billion devices around the world

Android is now running on 2 billion devices around the world

Google CEO Sundar Pichai just took the stage at Google I/O 2017, and he's starting the presentation off with a bang. After touching on the scale of this year's event, he shifted to focus to the services and products that Google offers. As it turns out, many of Google's services have hit important milestones, especially Android, which just hit 2 billion active devices around the world in the past week.

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