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New Google Search Features: Now With Desktop Voice Search, Instant Pages and Search by Image

Today, Google held their big media event called Inside Search, in which they announced some neat new features for Google Search that will surely please avid users of the search engine. The most noteworthy features that were announced from the event are Desktop Voice Search, Instant Pages and Search By Image.

Google Voice Search for Desktop

Google Voice Search Desktop
To be able to use your voice to input search queries is not exactly a new feature. If you have an iPhone or an Android then you surely have come across this search feature before. But this time, desktop users will now be able to utilize this feature as well. Using Voice Search is very simple. If you are using Google’s English website, you will see a microphone icon beside the search bar. Clicking on the microphone icon will activate Voice Search. Here's a video that shows how it works:

Google Instant Pages

Google Instant Pages
With this feature, your Google search results will be delivered to you much faster and when you click on the most relevant page, it will be displayed in an instant. Google performed a demonstration that highlights just how fast Instant Pages is. In the demo, with the conventional Google search, it took 3 to 5 seconds before the relevant pages are loaded. With Instant Pages, pages that are most relevant to the search was loaded instantly. Yes it literally took 0.0 seconds to load the page.

Google is able to display the pages instantly because it pre-caches the most likely candidates based on your search query. Check out this video that demonstrates Instant Pages:

Google Instant Pages will be available soon for Chrome Beta, on the other hand, Chrome developer version gets this feature now. Expect Instant Pages to be launched on mobile devices as well.

Google Search By Image

Google Search by Image
If you have been using Google search for some time now, then you are most likely familiar with Image Search. This new search feature however does the opposite. Users will be able to perform a search query using an image. Google will then attempt to identify the image and then display the most likely relevant results. Here is a video that shows how Search By Image works:

Here are the ways for you to add an image to your search query:

  • Paste the URL of the image
  • Upload from computer
  • Drag and drop from your desktop to the search bar
  • By installing Chrome and Firefox extensions

From Google's official blog:

If you click the camera, you can upload any picture or plug in an image URL from the web and ask Google to figure out what it is. Try it out when digging through old vacation photos and trying to identify landmarks.

This feature will be available for regular users in the next few days. If you see a camera icon next to the Google search bar, then you already have it.

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