Google has been making improvements to speed up searching. First they rolled out Instant Search which starts showing you results before you are finished typing your keywords into their search box.
With the introduction of Instant Pages today, searching gets even faster. Google assumes that most people will click on the top result of their search and so they automatically start loading that page in the background before you even click on it. When you do click it, it pops up instantly fully (or almost fully) loaded.
Google also has a new kind of image search capability. You can feed an image to Google and it will display search results about that image.
The example given was a popular randomly generated meme image. By dragging and dropping it into the Google search bar, Google returned web page results that not only explained the meme, but also showed other variations of it.
Sending an image to Google for search can be accomplished in a number of ways:
- Entering the web address of the image
- Upload it to Google
- Drag and drop it into the Google search box
- Using the Chrome or Firefox browser extension
This new functionality is available as of today.
Search By Voice
Using technology developed for mobile devices, Google will now allow you to search by voice on your desktop PC. Using the mic embedded in your PC or an attached mic, you will be able to speak your search term instead of typing it.
This can be helpful for when you don’t know how to spell what you are looking for and is generally faster than typing. To enable it in Chrome, just click on the microphone symbol in the search box.
This new feature is being rolled out this week and is only functional in U.S. English for now.