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Bengaluru: Global search engine Google on Tuesday unveiled a new app that makes mobile users search for their daily needs.

“With more Indians using smartphones for online access, our new product Google House helps them search maps, photos, translate and use YouTube apps on mobile devices, Google India marketing director Sandeep Menon told reporters here.

According to a study by the US-based company, about 500 million Indians will access internet on computers/laptops, while another 490 million will do it on smartphones by 2017, as against 300 million on desktops and 150 million on smartphones in 2014.

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“India is adding 6-7 million new mobile internet users every month, which is more than the five-million population of Norway in northern Europe. No wonder, India has overtaken the US in mobile penetration and is second only to China,” Menon said at a product preview.

Observing that a smartphone revolution was on in India, thanks to the rapid use of mobile for a plethora of needs, Menon said handsets have become a multiple device, with access to voice, messages, maps, photos, news and information on anything through emails, Whatsapp, Facebook, Viber and other apps.

“For instance, Google Translate app helps users overcome the language barrier by translating text matter like street signs or menu lists by opening the app in your mobile phone and pointing its camera at the text in Hindi and other Indian languages,” Menon said.

Similarly, the Google Photos app automatically backs up photos and videos across all mobile devices.

“A whopping 1.8 billion photos are uploaded every day the world over, including 93 million selfies and more photos are being added every two minutes,” Menon noted.

Likewise, Google Now updates brings information on when and where a user want it.

(IANS)

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Google Redesigning the News Tab of its Desktop Search

According to the report, even though the change itself is relatively minor, it is part of a larger effort by Google to improve its news products

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A man walks past a Google sign outside with a span of the Bay Bridge at rear in San Francisco, May 1, 2019. VOA

Laying more emphasis on headlines and publisher names, Google is redesigning the News tab of its desktop search.

“Over the next couple of weeks, we’re rolling out a redesigned News tab in Search on desktop. The refreshed design makes publisher names more prominent and organises articles more clearly to help you find the news you need,” Google News Initiative announced on Twitter on Friday.

The updated redesign would bring the News tab closer to the dedicated Google News site and display stories in a card format rather than a list, making headlines and publishers appear clearer.

The company is grouping news stories on same topic together to let users looking for broader coverage on a subject distinguish different strands of the case, The Verge reported.

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FILE – The Google logo is seen at a start-up campus in Paris, France, Feb. 15, 2018. VOA

The updated News tab would be rolling out to users around the world in the coming weeks.

According to the report, even though the change itself is relatively minor, it is part of a larger effort by Google to improve its news products.

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To make its news reliable, Gooogle has formed partnerships with news organisations, created new mechanisms to let users subscribe to publishers, set up programmes to fight fake news and relaunched its own dedicated News app with new AI features. (IANS)