Search On Stories September 29, 2021

In addition to the big MUM upgrade that lets you ask questions about a photo, Google Lens is getting more prominent on iOS and in desktop Chrome.

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Google’s new ‘Address Maker’ app will let communities create functional addresses quickly

Google introduced Plus Codes back in 2018 as an open-source version of typical street addresses, and now the company is ramping up that effort to make it useful to local communities that lack that structure. This will come in the form of a new app, “Address Maker,” which Google will make available for free.

At Google Search On 2021, the company launched a redesign of the search results page that includes more images, suggested searches, and “Things to know” about a topic.

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At I/O in May, Google announced Multitask Unified Model (MUM) as a big improvement to Search. MUM is now set to come to Google Lens “early next year.”

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During its “Search On” event this afternoon, Google announced new changes and updates in an effort to better track climate change. Google Maps is adding a new “Fire” layer to its apps as Google’s “Tree Canopy” tool is set for expansion.

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Google Search adding even more site context to the ‘About this result’ panel

Earlier this year, Google Search started showing “About this result” to give people more context about a website before they click. At Search On 2021, the company announced three new sections that will appear in the panel.

Google is hosting a “Search On” 2021 livestream in late September to announce the “latest AI innovations” that are “making information more helpful than ever.” 

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Search On Stories October 15, 2020

Google Maps will soon indicate how busy a place is directly on the map

One of the most useful features of Google Maps, particularly in the age of social distancing, is the ability to know how busy a restaurant or other business is before you arrive. Soon, Google Maps will be able to show how busy a place is directly in the map view.

At the end of last month, Google hosted its fall hardware event where the company unveiled their latest phones and Made by Google hardware. Tonight, Google has announced a surprise “Google Search On” event, taking place on October 15, to highlight the latest improvements to Google Search and more.

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