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Google To Search Information From Your Account For Personalized Results

Submitted by on August 15, 2013 – 9:18 am4 Comments

Since 1998, Google has connected people with vast amounts of external information. Now, it looks like the company is turning that same search power inward. Yesterday, the company announced a new function which will allow users to ask Google questions about personal information and plans in their account.

The program, which doesn’t appear to have an official name, will bolster Google search, and will be available to all English-speaking US users “in the next few days,” according to the company. Also, for now, the function is only available for voice-activated commands.

According to an official blog post, the new search will be able to answer a wide variety of questions based on information in a user’s Gmail, Gcalender, and Google+ account:

  • Flights: Ask Google “Is my flight on time?” to get info on your upcoming flights and live status on your current flights.
  • Reservations: Ask for “my reservations” to see your dining plans or “my hotel” to get your hotel name and address. With one tap, you can get driving or public transit directions straight there, saving you lots of steps.
  • Purchases: Ask for “my purchases,” and you’ll get the status of your current orders, so you know whether your mom’s birthday present will arrive on time.
  • Plans: Ask Google “What are my plans for tomorrow?” to see a summary of upcoming flights, hotels, restaurant reservations and events—very useful when you’re traveling.
  • Photos: Say “Show me my photos from Thailand” to see the photos you uploaded to Google+. You can also ask for “my photos of sunsets” if you want to show off the shots you’ve taken over the year; Google will try to automatically recognize the type of photo you’re asking for.

The new features are very similarly to the previously available app Google Now, but will now be available directly through Google Search. Both ventures seem like direct responses to Apple’s voice activated personal assistant Siri, which can answer similar queries.

The announcement seems like somewhat bad timing with many internet users particularly anxious about companies reading their e-mails and personal information, but Google emphasized that the information is “secure,” and the function is easy to disable.

What do you think? Will you use the new features of Google Search?

[via Mashable; image via Google]


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