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Google announces ‘the end of search as we know it’

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During what may be one of the longest keynotes in history, Google on Wednesday announced a number of new features for its core search product under the heading, “the end of search as we know it.” The company has updated its intelligent search feature “knowledge graph,” which now anticipates future searches based on past and current queries. So a search for “what is the population of India?” might also display the population of neighboring countries or all of Asia. Google search also now offers more personalized search results as well. For example, searching “what time is my flight?” will return an intelligent response based on flight confirmation emails in Gmail, even though the user did not offer any specific details in his or her query.

Google has also added hands-free conversational search to Chrome, allowing users to initiate voice recognition by simply saying “okay Google.” Users can then say their questions and Google will respond with a spoken answer.

Finally, Google said that it is expanding the functionality of its intelligent virtual assistant, Google Now, and will display cards in users’ browsers.

Google’s I/O keynote is streaming live and the video feed is available on this page. Follow along with BGR’s coverage of Google I/O 2013 on this page.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.