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Chrome testing search-friendly omnibox with faster URL copy and share actions

Monday, January 28th, 2019

Part of the changes introduced with Chrome's Duet interface (previously known as Duplex) is a new search button in the bottom bar that lets you jump to the address bar and perform a Google search. But until now, it wasn't clear that you could start typing a new query immediately, as the URL was still there and highlighted. A new Chrome flag has been added to clarify things, plus make it easier to share or copy the current page's URL. 

Currently available on Chrome Dev and Canary, the chrome://flags/#enable-search-ready-omnibox flag (copy this address and go to it) is behind these changes.

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Chrome testing search-friendly omnibox with faster URL copy and share actions was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google is testing stripped-down news results that comply with imminent new EU copyright law

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

In September 2018, the European Parliament approved new copyright legislation that could change the way the internet works forever. One aspect of the new directive would force websites to pay for snippets they use from an external source, and Google is wisely already testing a stripped-down version of its news search results in anticipation of the law change.

Although not finalized yet, Article 11 of the directive states that aggregators must pay licensing fees to content creators in order to feature snippets, and this will affect Google immensely, particularly when it comes to surfacing news results.

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Google is testing stripped-down news results that comply with imminent new EU copyright law was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Search now scrolls to relevant featured snippet on AMP links

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

One of many useful features in Google Search, 'featured snippets' pulls answers to common, simple questions from relevant web pages and puts them front and center when you enter a query. Usually, tapping through to the article Google got the answer from does nothing other than take you to that page, but new behavior has been observed whereby it will scroll you to the snippet on that page.

This is similar to what Google already does with YouTube videos, although the text version only appears to work on AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) articles right now, and only for basic questions.

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Google Search now scrolls to relevant featured snippet on AMP links was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s censored Chinese search engine Project Dragonfly is reportedly dead after internal conflict

Monday, December 17th, 2018

When news first broke in August about Google's plans for a censored Chinese search engine, there was immediate backlash both internally and externally. As details regarding Project Dragonfly continued to leak over the ensuing months, that pushback only grew more vehement, with executives fielding questions on the subject from US senators and Google employees launching a petition decrying the project. Now, according to The Intercept, Dragonfly is effectively dead after a massive internal rift formed between the project and the company's privacy team.

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Google's censored Chinese search engine Project Dragonfly is reportedly dead after internal conflict was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

SwiftKey Keyboard gets Bing search integration

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Your keyboard probably spends more time up on your screen than most apps, so it's only natural that developers have sought to make it more useful. For example, Gboard has search and translation integration. SwiftKey is still playing catch up when it comes to service integration, but it's taking a big step today with Bing search. Why Bing? Because Microsoft owns SwiftKey.

If you're getting a bit of déjà vu, you're not completely off-base.

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SwiftKey Keyboard gets Bing search integration was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google refreshes hotel search experience on desktop to align with mobile

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Google is making a real effort to enhance its travel features across a variety of platforms lately. Over the past few months, the search giant updated Google Flights with new features for sussing out whether you're overpaying for airfare and hotels, added new tools in Search for planning upcoming trips, and overhauled hotel listings in Google Maps. It's now continuing that trend with an update to hotel browsing on Search for desktop that takes after a mobile refresh from earlier this year.

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Google refreshes hotel search experience on desktop to align with mobile was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Lens is now available on Google Images for mobile devices

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Last month, Google announced a pile of changes to both Search and Google Images, including coming Lens integration. The feature would allow interested parties to interact with media in Google Images to learn more about its content, via the magic of AI. If you've used Lens on your phone before, this is pretty similar, but applied to content in Google Images. According to a blog post today and our own confirmation, the feature is now rolling out.

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Lens is now available on Google Images for mobile devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google to embed user-friendly data privacy controls into Search, Maps, and more

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

It seems like a new data privacy scandal crops up every day for some major tech company or another (okay, mostly Facebook) — but Google is working to opt out of that pattern. The tech giant has announced that it is building data privacy controls — and clear explanations of what it does with user data — into Search itself, on both desktop and mobile. Additionally, it notes that it'll give the same treatment to Maps next year, along with "many other Google products."

The change comes not long after a mini-scandal erupted over poor wording on Google's support page regarding how and when it tracks users' location data.

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Google to embed user-friendly data privacy controls into Search, Maps, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google apps may cost EU phone makers as much as $40 per phone

Friday, October 19th, 2018

Two days ago, Google unveiled new licensing terms for Android phones and tablets in the European Union, following the EU's record $5 billion fine. Device manufacturers can now sell phones with heavily-modified builds of Android while also producing normal Android devices with the Play Store, and some apps (like Chrome and Google Search) are now separate licenses. According to a report from The Verge, device makers are still strongly incentivized to ship Search and Chrome, or they could pay as much as $40 per device for access to the Play Store.

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Google apps may cost EU phone makers as much as $40 per phone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google is splitting up Chrome, Search, and Android for the European Union

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Google Search has been a key component of Android since the OS was first released, and Chrome has become increasingly important in recent years. All three products are now intertwined, but the European Union wants them to be separate. Google recently was hit with a $5 billion fine from the EU, and to avoid more fines while the company challenges the EU in court, it is now complying with new regulatory rules.

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Google is splitting up Chrome, Search, and Android for the European Union was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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