Thursday, June 16, 2011

Google introduces instant pages, voice-recognition, image search

Hardware y Software

Aimed to speed up search, simplify search in mobile devices

Search engine company Google has added new features and technology to improve its search feature.

Google's a new feature called Instant Pages, which is designed to help users of smartphones and other hand-held devices, displays Web pages in a user's browser before the search request is completed by the user.

The new feature reduces search query time by up to 5 seconds, said Google. It builds on an the Google Instant feature introduced in September 2010.

Google Fellow Amit Singhal said, "We see all this mobile traffic growing on top of our desktop (PC) traffic."

Singhal said, "We're obsessed with speed. We call speed the killer app. None of us have enough time, and last year's Google Instant was one of the biggest improvements we've made in getting information to users quicker."

Google has also introduced the voice-based search. Voice search allows users to tell the PC about their search query instead of typing. The feature is already used on Android-based smartphones.

The voice search feature will available on Chrome and Firefox browsers later this week. A microphone symbol near the search bar will represent the feature.

Another addition, Google has revealed is the image search feature. To use the feature, users would be required to provide some details of a picture. They may upload, drag and drop or paste a URL to do so. Google will then display results which are similar to the one mentioned by the user.


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