An incredibly fast search widget is coming to Chrome for Android, here’s how to try it now

Search is at the core of Google’s business, so it’s constantly making it easier for users to access it in one way or another. Most Android devices have a Google Search widget on the homescreen, but it’s not all that fast compared to directly searching in Chrome. Now, Google is speeding things up with a new search widget in the dev version of Chrome.

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Google Photos now shows albums in search results

Google Photos just keeps getting better and better. With the launch of the Google Pixel more people than ever are enjoying free and unlimited cloud storage for photos and videos with the service, and it seems Google is — as it should — continuing to improve it for all of us. The latest addition to Google Photos is the ability to find albums in search…

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Google Search interest of August’s total solar eclipse follows the path of totality

Occasionally a solar eclipse passes through the United States, and next month, a total solar eclipse is heading through a pretty huge portion of the country.

People are obviously trying to get more information in preparation for the event, and visualizing the data from Google searches reveals an unsurprising pattern: the highest concentration of searches follows the path of totality of the eclipse.

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Google Assistant, YouTube Go, Wi-Fi hotspots, Search updates, and more coming to Indonesia

At the second annual Google for Indonesia event today, the company announced a slew of updates coming to the country. Major production additions include Assistant now working in Bahasa Indonesia and YouTube Go, while Google also announced a number of humanitarian programs.

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Google focusing on search, AI, and more in Founders’ Letter from Sundar Pichai

Every year, Larry Page and Sergey Brin write a Founders’ Letter to inform stockholders of recent developments and their vision for the future. For 2016, Page had recently-anointed Google CEO Sundar Pichai write the letter as a majority of ‘bets’ are under his purview. The letter focuses on six main areas.

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Google adds support for 30 more languages for voice dictation in Gboard, Voice Search, and more

As good as virtual keyboards have gotten, sometimes it’s just easier to send a message or perform a search with your voice than it is to physically type something out. With the latest update to Google’s Cloud Speech API, more users can now take advantage of these features than ever before.

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Desktop Google Search redesign places Knowledge Graph results inline, displays links in cards

Google appears to be A/B testing a new look for desktop search results.  The redesign takes many cues from mobile and places search results in individual cards. However, the bigger change displays Knowledge Graph cards inline and thus prioritizes them.

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