Google introduced a new search experience for tablets on Friday, using HTML 5 to give Google Search a more app-like feel. The new Google Search takes into account the smaller screens used on the iPad and Android-powered tablets, giving each individual search result more space so that the results don't look all squished together. It also moves many of the search features found on the left-side menu up to the top of the screen where they will be easier to access.
The end result? It might actually be a more functional version of search than the PC version.
For example, if I search for "guitar", the first result is Wikipedia explaining that a guitar is a "...plucked string instrument, usually played with fingers or a pick." Of course, if I'm a living, breathing person, I probably know that the guitar is an instrument. (In fact, I'm pretty sure most zombies know the guitar is an instrument too.)
What if I'm looking to buy a guitar? I probably want to find nearby store, and doing so on the new iPad search is pretty simple. On the right side just under the search box is a button labeled "All results." A quick tap reveals different ways to modify the search, such as searching for sites with images, timeline, dictionary, reading level and nearby. And as you might have guessed, choosing "nearby" gives me a nice little map with nearby stores highlighted.
How would I do this on the PC version of Google? It's buried in the left-side menu under "All results". And because only the first few options actually appear on the page, you have to choose "More search tools" to find it. So it's no wonder most of us have never discovered that search feature.
The coolest new feature? The mere fact that I typed in "PC version" when referring to Google search. Pretty soon, the tablet age will take over and "PC version" will become more synonymous with "old version".
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