Want to know what’s going on with the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro? Yahoo can tell you.
Throughout the course of the 2016 games, Yahoo Search will display information cards relating to the Olympics in response to certain queries, like “olympics,” or queries about specific sports.
“Visual cards provide easy access to dynamic content — medal count, live schedule, and other updates — and to statistics such as profiles on athletes, countries and venues,” Yahoo product management directors Zhen Jiang Zhuang and Karen Chin wrote in a Tumblr post. “Yahoo is bringing these experiences directly to the Search results page, making it that much easier for you to find the information you seek.”
Naturally, Yahoo is not the only technology company that figured people may be looking for information about the Olympics. Both Google and Microsoft announced that their search engines will augment search results with Olympics-related content.
Amazon, meanwhile, has prepared its Alexa voice assistant to respond to Olympics-related queries and is suggesting speech commands to users in response to certain queries. “Good luck to all the athletes competing this year,” Alexa says. Apple has programmed Siri to respond to some Olympics queries as well.
Last month, Verizon announced that it would buy Yahoo for $4.8 billion. Yahoo has reportedly done work on a Siri or Alexa-like voice assistant called Index, although a product of that nature has not been released.
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