Google is currently giving a presentation at its San Francisco office to discuss the future of search.
The search engine first revealed the Web is home to 30 trillion URLs and it crawls 20 billion of those pages every day, according to TheNextWeb, while also answering 100 billion queries every month.
Googler Amit Singhal then reminded folks about the Knowledge Graph, according to SearchEngineLand, which now contains 5 million things and 3.5 billion connections between them. Singhal called the Knowledge Graph just a “baby step” in the future of search, and he noted the future ideally involves speech recognition.
Read more about the Knowledge Graph at the Official Google Blog.
Another Googler, Shashi Takur, came on stage to announce a worldwide Knowledge Graph rollout tomorrow for English-speaking countries. From there, Knowledge Graph Director of Product Management Jack Menzel demoed a redesign featuring a top carousel-like bar that helps users swipe through items more quickly when searching. The new look also provides search results with collections and lists instead of just the traditional blue links, according to Engadget.
More Googlers take the stage: Universal Search Director of Product Management Sagar Kamdar explained Gmail is now a part of universal search in a now-live “field trial.” He gave an example by searching for an item to purchase through Amazon, and then he highlighted a shipping confirmation in Gmail that immediately surfaced on the right-hand side of the Google results page. He also showed a similar example with a flight confirmation email.
Those who want to give the trial a spin can do so here.
Google Mobile guru Scott Huffman then gave a final presentation regarding Google Search for iOS and voice-based searching. According to The Verge, Google updated its search app for iPad and iPhone so users could “ask for the weather in a natural way.” The tech is akin to voice-command features in Android 4.1 and Apple’s Siri. It should appear in the Apple App Store sometime in the next couple of days.
Read more about the iOS Search app at 9to5Mac.
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