Amit Singhal, head of Google’s core ranking team, took the stage at Google I/O today to declare “The End of Search”.
“Search is dramatically changing right before our eyes,” he said. This involves Google getting closer to the company’s famous “Star Trek” dream – that is, making tools that put us closer to a Star Trek-like reality.
He announced some new capabilities of the Knowledge Graph, which includes anticipating your next question. For example, if you search for the population of India, it will show you other populations as well, and compare these. From the sound of it, it will mostly be doing this with stats.
Knowledge Graph is also rolling out in additional languages: Polish, Turkish, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. Singhal also noted that Knowledge Graph already has over 570 million entities, and continues to grow.
Then, Singhal announced that the conversational search available on Android is coming to Chrome. You can ask Google questions by saying, “Okay Google” and asking your question, without having to push the microphone button, and Google will respond to you with its voice.
Additionally, there are some new cards coming to Google Now, including Public Transit, and some new cards for music, TV shows, books and video games. You will also be able to set reminders in Google Now. These are launching today.
All of this, as Singhal notes, will make Google more useful as assistive tool.
Here’s a blog post about the new stuff. There’s also some new stuff in the search field trial:
— Google Developers (@googledevs) May 15, 2013