Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Google Search adds Google Now's personalized results

Google Search adds Google Now's personalized results

Google Search adds Google Now's personalized results

For many of us, our smartphones have become miniature personal assistants, and offer us a way to keep organized all from one convenient location.

But there's still the matter of having to dig through our calendars to find out appointment times, or scan through our emails for those pesky package tracking numbers.

With all the hype surrounding the Moto X and its "always listening" capabilities, it makes sense Google is bringing some of that functionality to Google Search.

Over the course of the next week, Google will begin offering personal results in Search based on information culled from your accounts in Google+, Gmail, and Google Calendar.

Now, no matter what kind of device your using (desktop, smartphone, or tablet), you can sync your account to provide specific results based on your life.

Tailor made

Google Now already offers similar features for Android customers, but now Google is opening up these kind of results to English-speaking users, no matter what the platform in the U.S.

As long as you're using the Chrome browser or Google Search itself and you've synced your account, you can get the most recent results just by asking.

The voice activated search will respond to questions about flight plans, reservations, purchasing orders, photographs, and plans listed in your calendar to start.

Google promised more possible query options were coming later, but these basic questions should more than suffice until a deeper set of searches comes along.

The company also promised this type of personalization would be secure, and only available to you as long as you were signed in to Google.

Opt out

Of course, you can also choose to opt out of giving Google access to the details of your daily life with just a few clicks.

You can opt out temporarily by clicking the little globe under your name on the search results page, but you'll have to do this every time you search for something new.

The best option for more private people would be to go into your search settings (found in the gear icon beneath your name), and scroll down to Private Results section.

There, you'll see an box for Google to not use private results when searching, which you can click to disable the option entirely.

Privacy has become a major concern for many consumers of late, and even though Google's new Search abilities could come in handy, that's an awful lot of info to trust to a third party.

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