All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Mobile Search’

Google Reveals More Mobile Search Improvements

Google has put out a giant list of “search quality highlights” from June and July. You can see the entire list here. There are 86 different changes (not counting the ones Google blogged about previously). You can take a closer look at the changes specifically related to quality here. There were a couple of interesting changes Google made in June, …

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Google Announces Improvements To Mobile Quick Answer Results

Google announced today that it is adding some improvements to some of the quick answers-style search results it gives users, across a variety of subject areas. “Today when you search on mobile or tablet, you’ll see some more improvements in the way we provide these quick answers, including better understanding what information you need and surfacing the most relevant information …

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Google’s Siri Comes To iPhone And iPad

If you have an iPhone and were hoping to have another search assistant that talks back to you, Google has you covered. As one of a handful of search announcements this week, Google announced that its new and improved voice search, announced for Android at Google I/O is coming soon to iOS (4.2+). “Often the most natural way to ask …

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Google Shows That It Cares If Your Site Is Optimized For Smartphones

Google is testing a new mobile search feature, which displays a small smartphone icon next to results for pages that have been optimized for smartphones. The feature was first spotted by Bryson Meunier, the Director of Content Solutions at Resolution Media, who blogged about it, showing the following screen cap: He says he was seeing the icon next to Wikipedia …

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Now You Can Google By Handwriting

Google announced a new feature for mobile search, called Handwrite, which lets you search Google from your smartphone or tablet by simply writing your query with your finger, rather than having to type it out with the keyboard (or use voice search). Check it out: To enable the feature, hit “settings” at the bottom of Google.com in your mobile browser, …

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Government May Hold Google Back In Mobile Search Innovation, Even With Competition On The Rise

Earlier this month, Google was reported to have submitted a proposal to settle with the European Commission with regards to concerns expressed by the Commission’s head of competition, Joaquin Almunia. Details of Google’s proposal were not made public, but newer reports indicate that Almunia has added the condition that Google’s changes to its search results be applied to mobile search, …

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Google Says These New Local Ads Will Increase Click-Through Rates By 100%

Google has redesigned its local ad formats for Google Maps for Mobile. The company says the new formats have performed well in tests, increasing click-through rates by 100%. The calls to action, like “click to call” or “get directions” have been made more prominent in the new formats, making them more clickable, according to Google. There’s a new hyperlocal marker, …

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Google and Mindshare Create Mobile Garage to Educate Companies on Mobile

Google does an awful lot to educate the public on new technology. They also do a lot to bring us new technology, but their latest effort is more focused on companies. Google has teamed up with Mindshare to help educate companies and businesses on mobile. The project is called Mobile Garage, and its all about showing companies how they can …

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Google Has New Advice For Mobile SEO

Google has been pushing its “GoMo” campaign for a while, trying to get sites set up for mobile success, but today, Google posted specific recommendations for smartphone-optimized sites on its Webmaster Central blog. Google says it supports the following configurations for sites targeting smartphones: 1. Sites that use responsive web design, i.e. sites that serve all devices on the same …

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Google Makes Changes To Local Listings On Android, iOS

Google has made some adjustments to local search results on Android and iOS devices. Users can now see an experience that more closely resembles that of the desktop experience. “I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a picky eater,” writes Google software engineer Dan Zivkovic on the company’s Inside Search blog. “If I’m choosing a restaurant, I want to know …

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Google Windows Phone App Gets New Features

Google announced a new update for its Google Search App for Windows 7.5 phones today. The new features are: autocomplete, voice search and “my location”. My Location, if you’re not familiar, is the feature that tells Google your location so it can provide results based on that. If you search for “mexican food,” for example, you should get results showing …

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Google Mobile Search Gets New Recent Icon

Google announced the launch of a new local search featurew for mobile devices. There’s a new “recent” icon that appears on Google.com on Android devices and iPhones, which will show info about places you have recently searched for. You can swipe right to see additional icons for other categories of places. Google software engineer Junichi Uekawa writes on the Google …

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