May 12, 2021

New From Google: Google Unveils Voice Search For Desktop; Search By Image For Desktop, Google Instant Pages and New Mobile Interface”

Danny Sullivan is blogging today’s products announcements and other Google news, stats and insights live from event in San Francisco.

1) New Mobile Interface, New Google Query Builder for mobile users.

2) New: “Today announcing voice search on desktop. A microphone icon will be appearing in the search box.”

As you know voice search has been available via Google apps for a couple of years.

3) New: “Search by image uses much that Google Goggles for the phone does. Lots of tech talk of how images are detected. Rolling out globally on images.google.com over the coming days. If you see a camera on it, you’ve got it. Copy and paste URLs, upload images, drag and drop or use Chrome or Firefox extensions to do it. No IE, apparently.”

Note: If “Search By Image” is of interest you might also want to take a look at TinEye. This “reverse image” search tool has been available from  for a couple of years (and constantly improving).

4) New: Google Instant Pages

Takes about 9 seconds for someone to enter a query; milliseconds for Google to do its business, then 15 seconds for users to pick a result. Instant helped save users time on the selection process, he says

Google Instant Pages now announced. With these, when you click on a result, the page will just be there, instantaneously. Sounds like preloading pages in your browser.

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Amit is back, saying that Google does prerendering on pages they predict will be most clicked. Which wouldn’t that be the top page or top few pages? I mean, that’s what they’re listing. What’s to predict?

Google Instant Pages adds another 2-5 seconds of time saved over the Google Instant 2-5 seconds that were already being saved.

Google Instant Will be available for Google Chrome beta. Google hopes developers will build tools for Firefox.

Much more from Danny (including some pictures) in this Search Engine Land post.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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