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Google Now functionality coming to Search with 'My Answers' feature

Google is about to get more personal
Thu Aug 15 2013, 11:20
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INTERNET GIANT Google has announced plans to integrate Google Now functionality into its search engine by integrating users' Google+, Gmail and Calendar accounts. 

The incoming feature called "My Answers" will enable users to ask Google more personal questions - such as "when will my flight arrive?" or "what meetings have I got booked for today?" - with Google's Search pulling up all of the relevant details, complete with information such as times, locations and directions.

Thanks to the incoming Google+ integration, people who use Google's social network will also be able to ask search questions such as "show me my photos from Paris", for example, with Google able to sift through images to determine which ones were taken in France.

However, the firm has warned that it's still refining the service, so there might be some blips in the results early on.

For those not too keen on the idea of Google snooping through their emails and such, users will be able to opt out of the service - although the firm said that it will be secure enough.

Google said, "This information is just for you - secure, via encrypted connection, and visible only to you when you're signed in to Google. Likewise, you can also control whether you want the service on or off. Whenever you don’t want to see it, simply click the globe icon at the top of the search results page to turn it off for that search session. To turn it off permanently, visit the 'Private results' section in search settings."

While Android users already have such functionality in their smartphones, Google said that the feature will roll out to all US Engish users over the next week or so. To take advantage of the service once it becomes available, browsers will need to be using Google Chrome and must be signed on to the service. µ


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