Google is one step closer to reading your mind. They revealed several new features for mobile yesterday that will make searching easier, faster and more predictive to the point it feels like they’re probing your brain.
People are searching for answers even when they step away from their computers. Google notes that in the past two years, mobile search traffic has grown five-fold, so they’ve introduced Voice Search. The feature will free you from having to type using the tiny keys on your phone. There’s a little microphone that shows up in the search bar to help you search by voice. Google’s English Voice Search system has a bank of 230 billion words from real queries, which can accurately recognize the phrases people are likely to say. In the past year, Google says Voice Search traffic has grown six-fold, and every time you speak your words get added to the system. Google has also added voice search on the desktop for Chrome users. If you’re using Chrome, you’ll start to see a little microphone in every Google search box. Simply click the microphone, and you can speak your search. Which means that when you open your mouth to search something, Google is right there. Listening.
Search by Image
Taking the idea of Google Goggles one step further, you will be able to search by image on desktop. Next to the microphone on images.google.com, you’ll also see a little camera for the new Search by Image feature. If you click the camera, you can upload any picture and ask Google to figure out what it is, whether it’s an intriguing landmark or mysterious meme. Basically, whenever you’re stumped and trying to recognize something, you just whip out your phone, take a photo and Google will tell you what it is. Google knows everything.