Get richer, more interactive answers

8/9/12 | 1:58:00 PM

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Search has always been about getting you the answers you need as quickly as possible. When you’re looking for the weather forecast or a stock quote, solving an equation, or converting kilograms into pounds, you’ve been able to see those answers right away on Google.

We’ve recently made improvements to some of these answers to make them richer, more beautiful, and more interactive. When you search for weather on tablet and mobile, you’ll see a new 10-day and hourly weather forecast that you can interact with. Our calculator feature also got a makeover—you can search for any calculation on google.com and you’ll get a fully functional scientific calculator at your fingertips.

Today when you search on mobile or tablet, you’ll see some more improvements in the way we provide these quick answers, including better understanding what information you need and surfacing the most relevant information for you. For example, in our flight status quick answer, we’ve included a flight progress indicator and increased the size of arrival and departure times so you can quickly see when your loved ones will be landing.


Other quick answer features we’re updating on mobile and tablet cover finance, currency conversion, unit conversion, dictionary definitions, local time lookup, and holiday and sunrise times. In all these quick answers we’ve simplified the experience so you can focus on the answer you were looking for. For example, for unit conversions the answer is displayed prominently for a question like [how many miles are 42 kilometers]. If you’d like to convert another unit of measure like [how many yards in a mile], you can simply tap the card and see the full unit converter right there.


These changes are rolling out to those searching on google.com in English on mobile and tablet. Stay tuned as we continue to develop our quick answers and bring these beautiful designs to desktop and international users as well.