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Google Images Gets Lens Integration, ‘Featured Videos’ in Search Cards, and More

Google Images Gets Lens Integration, ‘Featured Videos’ in Search Cards, and More

The new search engine will work like Google Scholar, the company's popular search engine for academic studies and reports. We've heard about "Stories" in Search before, but now Google is integrating them more the Discover tab and Images.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are core drivers of how Google will pursue its mission to organize the world's information and make it accessible to anyone, search vice president Ben Gomes said at an event in San Francisco. Now, Google will integrate Lens directly into searches "to make your search experience more visual", Cathy Edwards, director of engineering for Google Images, said in a blog post.

There's also a new mechanism to show you either are or aren't interested in content, unfortunately we still can't swipe cards away if we're not interested, instead a new control slider in the bottom left of the cards will let you slide it up to indicate you want more or down to show you want less. Just Tap the new Lens button and use your finger to highlight that specific section and the search will be focused on that object only.

Earlier this year, the firm announced it would showing more AMP stories in Google search results.

For now, the Stories will mostly be limited to notable people 'like celebrities and athletes'.

Last year, Google introduced the "feed" to serve content even when the user is not searching. Users will also get the ability to draw a particular part of an image in order to get some information. The upcoming Featured Videos function automatically generates preview clips that show the most relevant sections.

Next up is something called Activity Cards.

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Now the feed has a new name: Discover. Each activity card will display related search queries and all the linked pages that the user visited before.

The doodle, comprising a 1.37-minute long video, showed Google's journey from the start until 2018, and also thanked its users for all the support during the journey. From there, Google will offer content suggestions if it notices a pattern in the type of content being saved. Most recently, the European Union created laws that specifically require Google to "forget" people if requested.

Also Google will add the search to the selected videos related to the topic.

Search's new Activity Cards help you retrace your online steps.

Codenamed Dragonfly, the search engine would track the location of users and share the data with a Chinese partner who would have "unilateral access" to the data, said the report on Friday, citing the memo.

Google loves renaming things over and over again, and today is a new example of that.

Despite becoming incorporated on September 4, the company celebrates its birthday over three weeks later, on September 27.