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Search Results are officially AMP’d
September 20, 2016
Along with many others in the open source
Accelerated Mobile Pages Project
, we’ve been working to make the mobile web experience faster. In February, we launched AMP in the
“Top Stories” section
of Google Search, delivering news in a fast and reliable way. In August, we
linking to AMPs across the entire mobile search results page. Today we’re excited to announce that we’re rolling out that faster experience to users across the world.
Now when you search on your mobile device, you’ll see a label that indicates a page is AMP’d. This doesn’t change Search results but will show you which sites have pages that are ready to load lightning fast.
Today, the median time it takes for an AMP page to load from Google Search is less than one second. Beyond just saving you time with fast loading pages, AMP will also save you data -- AMP pages on Search use 10 times less data than the equivalent non-AMP page.
To date we have over 600 million AMP documents created by sites such as
(UK), and many more from all over the world (232 locales and 104 languages). These pages cover retail, travel, recipe, general knowledge and entertainment. That’s a lot of fast-loading pages!
To find out more about AMP, check out
Posted by David Besbris, VP Google Search
T Minus 54 Days Until the Election: Introducing the Google Trends Elections Hub!
September 14, 2016
With only 54 days until Americans head to the polls, interest in the U.S. presidential election is at an all-time high. In fact, election-related search interest is up 240% in 2016 compared to a similar point during the 2012 election cycle. And those trends around search interest tell an interesting story, revealing the candidates, moments and issues people are most interested in. To make it easier to explore this data, we created the
Google Trends Election Hub
Starting today, the Trends Elections Hub will offer a real-time pulse of the U.S. elections based on Google Trends. On the Hub, you can explore how people are searching for the candidates and political issues across the country. For example, if you explore search interest in the
, you’ll see that it’s more searched now than in the 2008 and 2012 elections. The Hub also will help you to find insights about this election at a new, granular level. For instance, while the economy is the most searched issue on average across the swing state of
, immigration is more searched in southern counties in the state.
At the top of the Hub, you can click to explore the Presidential candidates, Vice Presidential candidates and campaign tickets.
Each candidate and ticket page displays search interest in the candidate or set of candidates across the U.S., as well as top trending related searches and featured insights.
The Election Hub also features county-level data for the first time.
Click on a state
on the U.S. map, and you can find data around search interest for a Presidential candidate and issues at the county level.
We’ll also be sharing search trends around the biggest questions Americans have about the voting experience.
The map below
shows a breakdown of how -- and where -- people across the country are searching for voter registration.
Beyond the Hub, you can see Google Trends data across some of your everyday news sites, including
AP Election Buzz
ProPublica’s Election DataBot
With record online engagement around this historic 2016 election, we have a unique opportunity tell a story about the U.S. electorate through top of mind interests and questions in Search. And as Americans all across the country get ready to head to the polls, we are excited for the Trends Elections Hub to play a role in telling that story. We hope you check it out!
Posted By, Lisa Creed, Product Manager
Start sketching what you see for the future
September 14, 2016
If it ain’t
, don’t fix it: your favorite art contest is back! Today we’re kicking off the 2016
Doodle 4 Google contest
, where art-loving K-12 students from across the U.S., Guam and Puerto Rico are invited to bring their imagination to life in a doodle of the Google logo, using any medium they choose. The winning masterpiece will hang on the Google homepage for a day, where millions will enjoy it.
We like to think about what’s next. So we’re asking kids to imagine what awaits them in the years to come and represent that vision of this year’s theme: “What I see for the future…” Yes, that means anything they see — even if it includes flying dogs, living on a shooting star, the trip of their dreams, or for the true
out there — perhaps a distant world filled with dazzling new technology of all shapes and sizes.
This year’s contest is going to be one for the record books; the future and the ways to depict it are limitless. That’s why we’ll have an all-star group of judges including our very own Google Doodlers help select the National Winner. In addition to the homepage showcase, the winner will receive $30,000 towards a college scholarship, and the opportunity to work with the Doodle team at the Googleplex in Mountain View. As an added bonus: Their home school will get to spend $50,000 on technology to help foster the next generation of professionals (and who knows, maybe future Googlers, too!).
Submissions are open until December 2, 2016. So for you parents, teachers, babysitters, camp counselors or non-profit leaders out there: Encourage your kids and students
. We can’t wait to see what wonders await in their dreams for the future.
And now, we bid you farewell as we’re Van Goghing, Goghing, Gone.
Posted by Ryan Germick, Google Doodle Team Lead
Get a front row seat to Fashion Week with Google Search
September 1, 2016
Fall fashion season is here — from New York to London, Milan and Paris, the big trends are about to debut at Fashion Weeks around the world. And this year in Google Search on your mobile phone, you can see the latest styles straight from the runway, hear directly from the designers, shop your favorite looks, see the schedule of events, find related news and follow the action like you’re sitting in the front row — or even backstage.
Straight from the runway and beyond
With partners like BFA and firstVIEW, we’ll not only be showing looks from the runways, but highlights from the entire spectacle, right in Search. From backstage snapshots of the biggest shows, front-row images of your favorite celebs, street scenes, and of course, the parties, you won’t miss a moment.
Hear from the designers
Fashion Week is all about the designers: their inspiration, their creativity and their new collections. As part of an experimental feature, dozens of international designers and brands like Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney will be posting on Google Search, sharing inside information before, during and after the shows.
Shop your favorite looks
You'll also be able to shop the latest styles from Fashion Week in Search. Not only can you buy directly off the runway from designers like Burberry and Tom Ford, you can shop the current season by Prada, Christopher Kane and others. And you’ll be able to get inspiration on what to wear from images of front row looks, runway shots and insiders attending the shows.
As Fashion Week ramps up over the next week, you’ll start to see these fashion experiences appear in Search.
So this year, let Google be your “ticket” to Fashion Week, right on your mobile phone.
Posted by Cameron Mcknight, Product Manager and Ankita Goel, Product Manager
A new way to search for content in your apps
August 30, 2016
We use apps to call friends, send messages or listen to music. But sometimes, it’s hard to find exactly what you’re looking for. Today, we’re introducing a new way for you to search for information in your apps on your Android phone.
With this new search mode, called In Apps, you can quickly find content from installed apps. To access this feature, go to the Google app on your Android phone and find the In Apps tab.
A new search mode in the Google app, showing current and upcoming apps
Here are a few examples of what you can do with this new search mode:
Find your contacts and messages
. Easily find the friend you want to catch up with, or the name of the new sushi place that your friend told you about last month — just search for [sushi] and find the message.
to your favorite running song or
that sneezing panda video for the 15th time — all in one place.
with your tasks and notes. Want to check off items on your grocery list? No problem, just search for [groceries].
Today this experience works with apps like Gmail, Spotify and YouTube. In the coming months, we’ll also be adding more apps, including Facebook Messenger, LinkedIn, Evernote, Glide, Todoist and Google Keep. Searching your personal results happens entirely on your phone, so you can search even when you're not connected to WiFi or cellular data. Only you can see your personal results, and you can control what apps appear by going to Settings within the Google app.
And with the upcoming LG V20 phone, you'll be able to access the new In Apps mode directly with a dedicated shortcut on the homescreen and Second Screen. The LG V20 will be the first smartphone with this dedicated shortcut. In addition to searching apps you have downloaded, on the new LG V20 you’ll also be able to search LG’s pre-installed apps.
A new search mode in the Google app, showing current and upcoming apps
So whether you’re using the new LG V20 or the Google app on your Android phone, finding your favorite tune, that long-lost email or your to-do list is easier than ever before.
Posted by Timo Mertens, Product Manager
Search is a Jack of all trades
August 25, 2016
Today we’re dealing two new hands from the Google Search deck: solitaire and tic-tac-toe. Now you can play two of the oldest and most popular games for all ages, on desktop and in the Google app.
It’s been said solitaire’s roots are in fortune telling. If that’s true, today your fate rests on your quick wit and the luck of the draw. When you search for “
” on Google, the familiar patience game may test yours!
If you’re looking for something a bit simpler,
is your best bet. In this game of naughts and crosses, you can select your level of difficulty or even go head to head against a friend. Xs and Os to the winner (hugs and kisses, that is!).
For some other fun tips, try asking Google, “
what sound does a pig make
?” Or if you’re looking to settle a bet and feeling lucky, “
flip a coin
” may come in handy.
These are just a sample of the delightful surprises that await you on Google. After all, Search is for so much more than research and practical matters -- it’s for fun, too!
osted by Stephen Cognetta, Associate Product Manager
Your vote counts
August 16, 2016
As the U.S. prepares to head to the polls, we’re making it easier than ever for everyone to participate in the political process. Last month, we made it simpler for people to
register to vote
. Now, we’re taking this a step further and introducing a brand new, state-by-state guide for people looking for information on
how to vote
in November. We’re also sharing some search trends to track the engagement and interest of American voters around the party conventions.
How to vote
Whether you’re a first-time voter, a resident in a new state, or your state laws have changed since the last time you voted, you can now come to Google for information on
how to vote
in the upcoming election. This new in-depth search result provides information on ID requirements, deadlines, mail-in ballots and early voting. We hope this customized state-by-state guide will help you find the information you need quickly and easily to help get your voice heard.
Since releasing our customized voter registration guide in Search last month, we’re seeing millions of people coming to Google to learn more about voting and how to register in the U.S. In fact, compared to the same time four years ago, nationwide searches for voter registration are up 190 percent nationwide.
shows a state-by-state breakdown illustrating how — and where — searches for “voter registration” have changed between 2012 and today. You’ll find some of the highest spikes in the dark green states: California, New York, West Virginia, Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts.
We’re committed to making it easy for people to find information, and have their voices heard in November. So we're also making the data that powers our “how to register to vote” and our “how to vote” search results
, so nonprofits and organizations promoting voter education can benefit and expand the reach of this critical information.
We hope these insights and features inspire you to register to vote, exercise your civic duty, and get to the polls in November!
Posted by Emily Moxley, Product Manager, Search
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