Google just announced that it has added universal search features to Google Suggest, as well as a new Chrome extension called Google Quick Scroll. Both features are meant to help users find the content they are looking for more quickly.
“Universal search” is Google’s term for delivering results from different Google search products in one place — like how news and images can show up in a regular Google web search. Now some of those features have been added to Google Suggest, so that Google suggests more than just web pages as you type.
For example, if you type “what time is it in London” you’ll receive a line in the suggestions field giving you the exact GMT. No need to click through to the results page anymore. The feature also works with weather, giving you a four-day forecast. Google says, “There are now 10 universal search features available in Google Suggest: weather, flight status, local time, area codes, package tracking, answers, definitions, calculator, currency and unit conversions — and we plan to add additional features in the future.”
Google also launched Quick Scroll, a Chrome extension that allows users to quickly find the information on a page after they click on a search result. A small black box opens in the lower right corner of the screen highlighting several blurbs from the current page that might be the most useful to a query.
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