Google: Coming Closer to the Search Engine of the Future
Recently Google announced a number of innovations that create “a search engine of the future”. It includes the launching of Knowledge Graph worldwide for English-speaking countries, improved Voice Search with results from Knowledge Graph for iOS.
And, probably, the most interesting of these announcements was the adding of Gmail inbox content to Google's search results – it was called “a limited trial”. For example, you re looking for the examples of official documents appearance and you'll see relevant e-mails from friends or a colleague with the best patterns on the right hand side of the results page.
“Sometimes the best answer to your question isn’t available on the public web—it may be contained somewhere else, such as in your email. We think you shouldn’t have to be your own mini-search engine to find the most useful information—it should just work.”
For getting information from Gmail right from the search box you need to sign up.
Now not only users in the USA and Great Britain, but also users in all countries with English based language can test Google's semantic search. Let us remind, that the new algorithm of search was launched this spring and during this time accumulated database of more than 500 million real-world people, places and things with 3.5 billion attributes and connections among them:
“For example, if you search for 'rio', you might be interested in the Brazilian city, the recent animated movie or the casino in Vegas. Thanks to the Knowledge Graph, we can now give you these different suggestions of real-world entities in the search box as you type:”
As it was noted, it is hard to predict the results because a word can mean different things in different countries.
Google combines its technologies of speech recognition, understanding of language and database of Knowledge Graph in such a way that Voice search can interpret questions far better and respond as complete sentences. For this moment, this function is available on Android devices, and soon of iPhone and iPad users (iOS version 4.2 +) will be able to take advantages of this novelty.
You will have to tap the microphone icon and ask a question, like you’d ask your friend. You’ll see your words streamed back to you quickly as you speak.