Google Maps and Search Get Updates at Google I/O

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2013-05-16 Print this article Print

Meanwhile, the changes slated for Google Search are just as revolutionary, giving users the ability to verbally ask questions of Search to get answers, have conversations with users and even to provide useful information without having to be asked, according to a May 15 post by Google Senior Vice President Amit Singhal on the Google Inside Search Blog.

"Today, we previewed what this conversational experience will look like in Chrome on your desktops and laptops," wrote Singhal. "Soon, you'll be able to just say, hands-free, 'OK Google, will it be sunny in Santa Cruz this weekend?' and get a spoken answer. Then, you'll be able to continue the conversation and just follow up with 'how far is it from here?' if you care about the drive or 'how about Monterey?' if you want to check weather somewhere else, and get Google to tell you the answer."

Also announced at I/O was the expansion of Google's Knowledge Graph service to provide more intelligent search using foreign languages, wrote Singhal. "And starting today, you'll get richer answers from the Knowledge Graph if you speak Polish, Turkish, and Traditional and Simplified Chinese."

Google Now is also gaining new capabilities, wrote Singhal, including the ability for "reminders" to be scheduled at the whim of users so they pop up when a user is in a store shopping or when they are preparing to use public transportation and need to remember the train schedule. Some of the new reminder capabilities can even be set up using voice commands.

The Google I/O conference continues through May 17 with a wide range of daily training sessions and code sessions where developers can get help with their projects, answers for code questions, and input and additional eyes on the work they are doing using Google code. More than 120 talks, ranging from introductory topics to advanced subjects about Google Maps, Android, Google Chrome, Google+, App Engine, Google Glass and more, will be featured in the technical sessions, according to Google.


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