After announcing this updated many weeks back, Google has finally released the voice search update for their iOS app. This update brings Google Now like voice search capability to the app along with support for iPhone 5. The update Google search app for iOS uses Google Knowledge Graph to provide smart and contextual search results which blow Siri out of the water in most cases. Continue Reading
Google Search has always been an amazing tool when it comes to finding answers as quickly as possible. Be it a weather forecast or a stock quote, solving an equation or converting units, we’ve been able to see those answers right away on Google.com. To further improve user experience for the ever growing number of mobile users, the search engine giant has redesigned its official homepage for mobile visitors. Continue Reading
It’s rare that Google updates the looks of their home page or search engine result pages ( SERPs) but ever since Bing has stepped up the game with their different and useful designs, Google has been experimenting a lot lately. As part of their Google +1 release, they’ve accordingly made changes to other parts of their services, notably, Search.
The most notable change is the black bar at the top of the Google Search landing page. It now has quick links to important Google Search destinations and Services although I can’t understand why Videos is a part of it when YouTube is clearly the better video search engine. ( Google Video search sucks, more on that in another article ).
The page also shows the account sign in drop down panel which lets you sign into other accounts to switch to them or sign out. This first appeared in Gmail and other services. Search settings, advanced search and so on are housed under the gear icon in the top most right corner.
The buttons also look much cleaner and the voice search icon is embedded there in the text field.
The black bar shows on the results page too ( not shown in below screenshot.) There’s a shade of gray for behind the logo, search field and the big button.
The search selections in the left sidebar have changed with monochromatic colors. Red on selected but gray-ish when not. The usual search result filters are there. Another major change is the new Google Search button. I don’t remember the last time such a change took place. I predict this to be a major component of their design language and advertisement campaigns from now on – that is, if this is a permanent change.
Apart from this, shockingly, Google hasn’t been showing TOO many ads during my testing (The same thing they tell website not to do, which they do themselves. Just see Gmail and the 20 ads it shows around your email – we know who is the biggest spammer here)
Overall, it’s a welcome change and, we for one, like how it looks. Now, only if they can fix the Google Mobile site design too which they’ve seriously messed up. I could always go Bing though – they sure know how to create a better mobile search experience.
Microsoft has released a Bing app for iPad. This isn’t their first Bing app for iOS, as they had already previously released a Bing app for iPhone. If you’re a Bing user with an iPad, this is the perfect app for you and it actually shows Google how to make a good search app. Continue Reading
Google has started showing a new useful weather widget for weather related queries by users from Android and iOS devices. The widget shows the current weather conditions and includes a slider to see the changes in weather over the next 12 hours. Really cool, we must say!
Microsoft provides Bing as the default search engine for Windows Phone 7 just like Android has Google. But to make googling more convenient, Google has released a free Search App for Windows Phone 7 that lets you search the web, images, local and more – in a nutshell, the complete search package.
The first release of this app isn’t too heavy on features. It provides search as suggestions, shows search history and uses your location to provide relevant search results ( this, of course, is optional ).
Along with all the search goodness, you can also pin it as a tile to the Windows Phone 7 home screen as shown in the first image. Looks so much better than iPhone icons, doesn’t it? Wish all tiles were this colorful on WP7.
If you’re a Windows Phone 7 device owner, head to the Marketplace to download Google Search app.
Google has updated the look and feel of its search results by bringing in some new elements in their user interface. At first sight I thought they are a little bit inspired by the colorful Bing interface. These changes would make search easier and better to find exactly what they are looking for.
While doing some ‘ego searching’ today, I stumbled across this new Google Search results UI. It looks a lot cleaner than the current UI and a lot less colorful as well. The currently search selection has colored buttons while other search types have colorless images. Weirdly though, navigating to either of them brings back the old UI.
Google’s Super Bowl ad is mild and uncontroversial. In other words it’s boring. But just like everything Google does, this is simple and effective. It actually shows the reality of our lives – we’re all so dependant on Google in our daily lives, whether it’s on our desktops, notebooks, netbooks, smartphones, dumb phones or even portable personal computers like the iPod Touch. This ad portrays the effect Google has on our life, from searches to Maps, translations and learning new things. If this doesn’t make you smile, nothing will. Or maybe the Motorola Devour Super Bowl commercial with Megan Fox will.
Check out the video after the break.
Bing seems to have made quiet an impact ever since it was launched. The recent deal between Microsoft and Yahoo will further strengthen Bing’s position and market share down the road. But currently, it’s making tiny but meaningful inroads into Google’s market share.
As LiveSide points out, Stat Counter, a web analytics service for websites, shows an increase in the US market share for Bing from 8.23% in June to 9.41% in July while Google has gone down from 78.48% in June to 77.54% in July. Internationally, the market share only has a minor drop from 89.80% in June to 89.23% in July.
While, it’s difficult to judge on the market share based on a single service’s stats alone, it does show a sign of current happenings. Bing has certainly made an impact so far in the web search arena and keeps improving day by day. Only time will tell if it will do to Google what Firefox has done to Internet Explorer. Only in this competition though, there’s no browser that lacks standards. :)
Do you think Bing will gain more market share against Google in the near future?