Google unveiled some hot new search capabilities earlier today in San Francisco, which are available on the latest version of the Google Chrome browser. Though some of you didn't like the Google Instant feature that rolled out last year, there has been another update to Instant that will shave seconds off of your page-load time. Find out more about it as well as the other announcements below!
Voice Search in Chrome
Now alongside your regular text searches on the Google homepage, you can click the microphone button on the search bar and speak your search instead. This is handy for those times when you don't know how to spell something or are on the move. It's the same reliable search you know on your mobile device, just on your laptop or desktop. Rolling out now in English, voice search should be widely available soon.
Search by Image
We love Google Goggles for its ability to translate photos in real time, show us the sky, and more, but now you can search by image on your desktop as well. Next to the microphone button on the Google Images search page, there will now be a camera button to click on when you're ready to search. Either upload a pic from your PC, or plug in a URL for an image for Google to reference, and you'll find out what the image is, what it says, or where the captured landmark is located. Available now on Chrome in 40 languages, there will also be Chrome and Firefox extensions that will enable you to right click an image to search.
First there was Google Instant, but now there's Google Instant Pages. This feature actually begins loading the top search results in the background of your web browser, allowing you faster page loads when you do decide to click the top search result links. This will save you about two to five seconds on average. Google Instant Pages will be available in the next Chrome beta release.
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