Arguably, one of the world’s biggest sporting events will happen this Sunday in Miami. That event is El Clasico, a match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. The match on Sunday is a friendly and it is the first time in over 30 years that the storied clubs have met outside of Spain. Football, or Soccer as we call it here in the United States, may not have the following it has in other parts of the world but this match, and the rivalry between these clubs, is a must see. Some 400 million viewers are expected to watch the match on Sunday at 7:30 PM Eastern.
To celebrate the event, Google Search now through Sunday is offering up special search results for the match. Just search El Clasico on your Android phone and you will get a wealth of information about the clubs, the match itself and the key players for each club.
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Finding a job is challenging for most of us at the best of times. Regardless of if you are looking for part-time or full-time work, the fact is that jobs that are available in your area are in a variety of locations online. That makes it easy to miss an opportunity. Google is trying to address that with a new Jobs Near Me search that is rolling out today.
By typing in “jobs near me” in Google on your phone or on the web, listings of jobs that are available in your area are provided to you and you can filter those down to particular types of job, part-time or full-time and other filters to try to find the right job for you. Once you find a job listing you are interested in, tapping it will take you directly to that company’s site where you can start the application process.
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After testing for several months, the new fact checking feature in Google Search has now been enabled for everyone. The new feature is rolling out now and it could take a few days for everyone to receive it. Just make sure you are running the latest version of the Google app on your Android phone. The new feature is pretty straightforward in how it works. Type in a search as you would normally do and if it is a search on a topic that has been fact checked, you will see a link below your search results with a source and if the fact is true, mostly true, mostly false or false.
If you want to check the validity of the facts, you can tap that link to go to the source and do your investigating on if it is really true or not. For their part, Google is trying to bubble up this information quickly & easily so you don’t have to do a lot of tapping around to check the facts of a story.
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Sometimes you just need a fun fact. Whether you are at a party trying to throw out some random trivia or teaching your kids some fun things about animals, flowers or other things, fun facts can be, well, fun, and maybe even educate you at the same time. Google Search is making it easier to find those fun facts with a improved algorithm that surfaces these types of searches. If you type in “Cat fun facts”, you will get a highlighted (with larger print) fun fact about cats. Refresh your search (pull down on the screen on your Android phone) and it will give you a new fun fact. There is nothing you need to update, it is just something that is now showing up more predominantly in search results.
Most of the fun facts are for animals and plants but you’ll also find some fun vegetable facts too.
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A great new feature is rolling out to Google Search for Android that will help you be more productive when you are offline. Now when you do a search and you do not have a data connection (LTE or Wi-Fi), Google Search will queue your search queries and will provide the results back to you when a connection is established. The idea is that you don’t have to remember to do that search later. You can do it at the moment, it will queue, and you will get the results once you are back online.
Here is a scenario for you. Let’s say you are on a flight with no Wi-Fi (I know, animalistic but go with me on this) and you are working on a research project. You can do a search while you are in airplane mode and Search will queue it up. You land, take your phone out of airplane mode and you get a notification that your search query has been answer. It saves you time and you don’t have to try to remember to do the search later. Do it at the moment and get the results back when you are back online.
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We all know how powerful Google search is on our devices. Whether it is by voice or by typing in a search request in the Search bar or in Chrome, getting to information is quick and easy and makes finding out things on the go simple. But did you know that you can also do a search via the camera built into your Android phone? It is a feature that has been there since Marshmallow and for a while was limited to the Google Now launcher. That has gone away and whether you are on a device using the Google camera app or not, it works. In fact, I tested it out on three different launchers (Google Now, Nextbit Launcher, Action Launcher) and all three allow you to do this type of searching. I’m assuming it works with any combination but if you find a launcher or camera app which it doesn’t work, let me know so I can update this post.
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Regardless of where you stand politically, Google Search has you covered tomorrow. With Americans going to the polls to decide not only the presidential election but multiple Senate, House or Representatives and other local elections, November 4th every four years is an seemingly endless flow of information. Google is trying to give you a one-stop-shop for all that information. On your Android Phone you can type in “Election Results” in Google Search and you will be taken to a comprehensive overview of all the election results for the country and your particular state.
Starting when the polls close on Election Day, you will be able to find U.S. election results integrated right into your Google searches in over 30 languages around the world. You’ll also be able to see detailed updates and results of the Presidential, Senatorial, Congressional, Gubernatorial races as well as state-level referenda and ballot propositions.
But, if you want live streaming of information, Google has an answer for you there too. YouTube.
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