Google has been testing a new feature for its search app over the past two months and now it has rolled it out over the iOS and Android apps and Google.com. The "Recent" tab will allow users to browse through their previous searches so they can find what they are looking for faster and easier. The feature is contextual, so you needn't be worried about going through everything you searched for -- it will group related searches together and let you compare the search results side-by-side. You will also be able to delete the search queries you consider obsolete. You can also access the feature from the navigation drawer of the Google app, Android Authority reported.
Google is trying to provide more context about search results so users can "more confidently evaluate the information" they find online. To help with this, Google announced it has trained its systems to detect when a topic is rapidly evolving and a range of sources are yet to weigh in. Google Search will now display a notice indicating that it may be best to check back later when more information from a wider range of sources might be available. "Accessing timely, relevant and reliable information is increasingly important in our current environment," Google wrote in a blog announcing the new feature. "While Google Search will always be there with the most useful results we can provide, sometimes the reliable information you're searching for just isn't online yet. This can be particularly true for breaking news or emerging topics, when the information that's published first may not be the most reliable."
Google is introducing a new feature to help you find out more information about the websites that show up when you use its search engine. Provided you live in the US, as of today, you'll start to see a three dots icon next to each search result. Tapping on one of those, whether you're on mobile or desktop, will bring up a description of the website that's on the other end of the link. In most instances, that information will come from Wikipedia unless Google points you to one of its services, in which case you'll get a blurb on how it sourced its data. In cases where neither is available, you get some basic information about the website, such as when it was first indexed.
"Google" has become synonymous with "search for information," but even mighty Google has its drawbacks -- especially if you value your privacy. The world's most famous search site is also known for saving your search history, reading your Gmail and tracking what you click online. Tip in a Tip: Did you know that Google also tracks your physical location and when you were there? Click here to see a map showing your detailed location history. Before you break out the torches and pitchforks, remember that Google is trying to make its services as useful as possible.
When it comes to looking something up on the web, most of us default to Googling it--the search engine has become so dominant that it's now a verb, in the same way that Photoshop is. But using Google for your searches comes with a privacy trade-off. Google's business is, of course, based on advertising, and every search you make feeds into the profile of you that it uses to target the ads you see around the web. While Google isn't telling marketing firms what searches you're running, it is using those queries to build up a picture of you that ads can be sold against. While Google has made moves to limit this data collection--introducing tools for auto-deleting your web history after a certain time period, for example--you might want to switch to a different search provider that doesn't log your queries.