Google introduces new 'Discover' feature as Search turns 20

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The new "Activity Cards" enable users to retrace search steps through cards that are only to them, which allow them to quickly return to recent searches.

This also means that Google Search is going to look a little different.

Google has announced some new updates that are helping to drive better search results including letting you resume tasks like search where you left off. Google will show you an activity card of results from a previous search. You can click on any of the results and see relevant images. Tap on one of these videos and you can watch it in its entirety.

The Google dedicated the doodle to all the users for using the search engine. This can enable us to address queries like: "why does my TV look odd?" to surface the most relevant results for that question, even if the exact words aren't contained in the page.

The new Discover icon will also pop up in search results occasionally. It is also doubling down on visual stories in mobile. You'll be able to save content from the activity card to your collections. The firm said it has retooled the Images algorithm with a greater emphasis on web page authority, the new and early content, and image placement.

The Google "feed" - a stream of information cards about your interests that appears in some of Google's apps - is getting a revamp.

The new features showing up in searches include introductory videos about public figures, topic videos to help users plan trips or learn about new subjects, and an overhaul of its ranking system for displaying image-based searches, offering users more context and easier ways to shop online.

If you've ever searched for a topic over time, you might forget what you saw, and where. There will also be suggestions of related topics. These visual stories will now surface in Google Images and Discover, the company said.

Google's VP of Search, News and Assistant Ben Gomes says there is much more to come.

'Additional related content' will be shown in discover feed, relating to details about certain person, place or event. And if you speak multiple languages-based on your searches-Google's will try to figure that out, too. You can find your search history in account settings and access it while searching. There are several pieces to this update and new direction for Google that go beyond the new name, including a refreshed interface and updates to features that are available. "For example, an image of a tiger might generate concepts like "feline, ' 'animal" or 'big cat.' This lets us identify a picture by looking at its pixels, without needing to be told by the words on a page".

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