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December 11, 2009

Instant Answers in Google Suggest

Google's search suggestions started to include instant answers for Math calculations, unit conversions, currency conversions, weather information, simple facts, local time, package tracking, word definitions and more. That means you no longer have to click the search button and open a new page to see the results: the answers are displayed instantly.

"This kind of information will appear in Suggest either above or below the suggested search terms for a variety of queries. For example, you can type "delta 140" to see the flight status. You can also quickly discover the current time, figure out how many Euros you'll get per dollar, or even brush up on metric conversions," explains Google.









My only issue is that Google's answers can't be copied. If you try to select the suggestion, you'll notice that the answer is not added to the search box, so the only way to copy the result is to open the search results page.

Some of the instant answers are available even if you don't use Google's homepage: check the search suggestions from Firefox, Chrome, IE 8 and Google Toolbar.


17 comments:

  1. 1 eur doesn't work for me in omnibox

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  2. I think they only work in google.com main page, not in nationalised pages or in toolbars

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  3. @Martin: Currency conversion results do not show instantly in Chrome's omnibox. Only math calculations do, AFAIK.

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  4. Wrong Edoardo. It also works in nationalised pages. As google would neglect that.

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  5. No, the new features only work at google.com.

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  6. "229.32 eur in gbp" doesn't work in firefox though.

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  7. Really cool . Omni Box is really something simple and useful :)

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  8. I find this very interesting.

    Wonder would happen if you put in a calcuation that is divisible by zero?

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  9. Also Google does business from suggest...check this out..

    What Does Google Suggests

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  10. The google suggest is very impressive. I think this is AJAX's time and every site is becoming AJAXified. But I personally like the way Google stretches technology beyond its limit.

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  11. Really good feature. Google is still updating and implementing new features. Keyword/search-string suggest is also very usefull.

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  12. I really like the auto suggestion feature. It is very useful for me.

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  13. The new feature "auto suggestion" is really great.. because in most time you will find your result before you finish writing

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  14. Great Feature. Especially the integration over the AjaxAPI cause all this new features are automatically integrated in Firefox and Chrome. Looink forward for more interesting features i the future!

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  15. I like the new thumbnail feature. This is really great. You can see if the page is useful and clean...

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  16. i am really convinced by the autosuggestion function, it makes things really faster. the thumbnail preview thing is not my friend at all...

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