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Google Search will now related answers to questions you never asked

Google Search will now related answers to questions you never asked

People giving unsolicited advice or trivia can sometimes be annoying. But when it comes to search, Google thinks it is enriching. Google Search has been offering these snippets of related answers, even related questions, for quite a while now and it is now expanding those features to include even more. All for the purpose of helping you discover more information that Google has stored and disappearing into the rabbit hole that is the Web.

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Google Search adds audiobook results with public library links

Google Search adds audiobook results with public library links

Search for a book in Google Search and the top results pane will now feature a section dedicated to audiobooks. As podcasts regain popularity, many people are turning their attention to audiobooks with renewed interest. Life is busy and audiobooks offer a way to "read" when you're on the go, filling those daily commute hours or downtime at the office with chapters from your reading list.

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Google Search gets a dedicated stocks and finance tab

Google Search gets a dedicated stocks and finance tab

Google has observed a big change in interest regarding stocks and finance over the last five years, and so it is introducing a new search feature that will cater to those users. Google Search on both mobile web and desktop are getting a new "expanded finance experience," says Google, which introduces a new tab to the search menu called "Finance." The tab is dedicated to financial details.

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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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