Searchers and businesses can now search on desktop to add questions and answers to the new Google Q&A feature.

Google shared that the local Question & Answer feature that rolled out back in August is now available on desktop search.

Google said they are “expanding Questions & Answers on Google My Business.” This enables both searchers and business owners to ask and answer questions from their desktop, on mobile search or on Android Google Maps.

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When you click on the questions, it brings up an overlay to scroll through them all:

Google has been testing this on desktop for a few months, and now it is officially live. Although some local cards will not see these sections because of spam and moderation issues.

 Source: This article was published searchengineland.com By Barry Schwartz

Categorized in Search Engine

Google launched a new way to find new recipes for your New Years feast. The new recipe results are seen on mobile search.

Google has launched a new look and feel for the recipe search results done over a smartphone device. Alex Chitu first noticed the change that shows richer images and content for recipe-related queries.

The results show various recipe cards, with a link to “view all.” When you click on that link, it takes you into a deeper view of recipes that you can then filter more based on these bubble filters at the top of the search results.

Here is a screen shot showing the main results page on mobile:


Here is what happens after you click on “view all”.


And here is what happens when you activate the filters at the top:


To compare, here is a screen shot I took earlier this month showing the old recipe results:


Author: Barry Schwartz
Source: http://searchengineland.com/google-launches-new-look-recipes-mobile-search-results-266674

Categorized in News & Politics

In October, Google’s webmaster trends analyst said that the company would soon implement major changes to its search engine.

The search giant will effectively create two separate search indexes: one for desktop web and another one that is more frequently updated for mobile. These changes will reward mobile-friendly sites with a higher search ranking and produce more up-to-date search results for mobile device users.

For marketers and advertisers who have not yet adopted a mobile-centric philosophy, this serves as the final wake-up call. Major brands are starting to change the way they approach mobile consumers as mobile use on smartphones continues to dominate other personal devices, such as PCs and tablets.

While this shift is a culmination of changes that Google announced last year, the move further underscores the search engine’s mobile-first approach to the internet going forward. Google, so far, has not treated mobile significantly differently than desktop web. These changes will allow Google to keep mobile users happy and better capitalize on mobile’s unique characteristics.

Google’s mobile index announcement has the potential to radically change the way brands can and should target consumers and drive discoverability and traffic for themselves. It will also influence advertising and marketing strategies for apps and mobile websites and impact users’ search experiences as a whole.

Better Targeting For Consumers

Smartphones are a nearly pervasive device – consumers are rarely without them. A mobile-first search index will provide consumers with more relevant results and help brands target them through even more sophisticated and nuanced means.

Specifically, brands and advertisers will be able to more precisely target consumers due to better contextual search – locations, for example – and social-linked search, such as interactions and connections, at the point of interaction.

A More Personalized, User-Centric Search Experience

Google’s existing desktop browser is not as user-centric as its mobile user interfaces for search, including Google apps. The introduction of the mobile-first index will further widen the rift between the two search engines.

Consumers are increasingly turning to apps, such as voice-guided user interfaces, AI-powered personal assistants and messaging apps, such as Facebook and WhatsApp. Google’s mobile search index will improve the user experience and help drive traffic to specific apps. It will also increase the ways in which brands can interact with consumers, such as improving discovery of companion apps. Also, a more user-centric approach will enable more effective referrals and re-engagement tactics.

Apps Will Continue To Dominate Mobile Web

Apps, as opposed to mobile web sites, are increasingly the norm across mobile devices, and this trend has been clear for many years. As the mobile world has evolved to be more app-centric, less content is on web sites. Consequently, good future search experiences will be based on mobile search and search within apps. Facebook has already done this for messaging and social apps, and Google’s more significant inroads will further accelerate the shift to an app-centric world.

New Opportunities For Brands And Advertisers

Will Google’s mobile shift accelerate the move to mobile app-based search? Or will Google improve its mobile web-based search experience with the new revisions?

Some digital brands and publishers aren’t waiting to find out. For example, Madison Square Garden and Macy’s have launched their own apps to offer more direct and personalized experiences for consumers. At the same time, Apple and Facebook have started embedding search into their own apps, and others are sure to follow.

Searching and indexing the app world and related content will be essential in the future, and brands and advertisers must ensure that their content is optimized for this new search paradigm. Brands will have the opportunity to capitalize on the personal, contextual nature of mobile and better use the built-in capabilities of mobile devices, such as payments and location-based services.

For example, Starbucks could use Google to inspire customers, based on their location, to launch the Starbucks app, place an order, confirm a pick-up time and location and pay for their drink – all facilitated by the new search experience.

The new changes toward mobile-centric search will also accelerate the growth of mobile advertising. Improved targeting and user experiences mean that mobile advertising could have a greater impact on how consumers move between apps, find recommendations, discover relevant content and make purchase decisions. At the same time, brands can improve their ROI through better conversions and more direct ways to guide consumers to their final destinations and decisions.

A mobile-first approach has already changed the ways that brands and advertisers interact with consumers. And other major digital players have started to follow suit. Facebook moved to an app-based development and user interaction mindset years ago. It’s about time that Google did the same for search.

Source : https://adexchanger.com

Auhtor : Hannu Verkasalo

Categorized in Online Research

Recognizing the growing number of mobile searches, Google now calculates for mobile first

Google is no stranger to trying out new things for the benefit of their visitors. This time they're going to choose mobile searches over desktop searches, effectively saying that mobile is the new priority.

Since 2010, mobile users have been increasing at a rapid rate, overshadowing the desktop users in the past few years. The algorithms that Google use to determine which pages are the most relevant for any given keyword has not changed in the same sense, meaning that the robots have continued to focus on the content shown to desktop users, even if the mobile users see less content, or even altogether different content.

This has meant that some websites had very different user experiences for their desktop and mobile users respectively, leading to a lower quality of search results when using Google to find information on the given topic.

In November 2016, Google announced a shift in how they will rank and place search results based on a mobile-first experiment. By tweaking their systems to check in more detail for the different version of any given website, compared to desktop and mobile content, Google is hoping to provide even better search results for mobile users.

How this will be done is relatively simple; instead of Google using the content that desktop users see when visiting any given website, and ranking the pages on that, they will switch to crawling mobile results, and use that content to rank their sites instead. 

What this means for webmasters out there has yet to be shown in full effect, as Google will adjust and change certain metrics over the coming few months, and as with anything related to their search queries, nothing is set in stone, and subject to change at their whim.

Currently, this is what website owners and bloggers should be aware of:

  • If your desktop and mobile content differs, you might gain or lose rankings accordingly.
  • Google will not have 2 indexes, one for desktop and one for mobile, meaning that they really are going Mobile First. (In other words, desktop users have been demoted.)
  • If both desktop and mobile content are the same, there should be no visible changes based on your site alone, but you might still see changes based on the competitor movement in the search engine ranking placements.
  • Pages with low-quality content on mobile devices stand a large chance of getting de-ranked, and Google states in cases like this it should be better to discontinue the mobile versions until they can rival the desktop versions. (Build up your mobile pages to be as good if not better than your desktop pages before pushing them live.)

Some onlookers had hoped for Google to announce they would add a second index that focused on mobile pages only, but currently Google will keep a single index and rank both desktop and mobile sites in that same dataset, meaning they won't distinguish too much between the two, in terms of ranking signals. 

When a Twitter user asked Gary Illyes, a senior developer at Google in charge of this implementation, when we could expect to see this live on a big scale, he replied:

@ThisIsAJames I dunno. We're months away from that

— Gary Illyes (@methode) November 5, 2016

So it might not be until the new year, that we will see this huge change going live, but Google is currently testing on a small scale, probably with a controlled set of websites and mobile pages, to test everything properly. After all, this is probably going to be one of the single largest changes the search giant has made to their algorithms in a long time.

Source : http://www.business.com/

Auhtor : 

Categorized in Business Research

Marketers have much more to consider this holiday season as they try to optimize campaigns and turn on a dime. Will gift cards catapult sales through smartphones? How do Google AdWords and Bing Ads play a role in local search targeting? Which direction should brands take when driving foot traffic through search engine optimization and paid search to local stores?

Today marks the start of a shopping frenzy both online and offline as retailers prepare for a combination of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. HookLogic, a Criteo-owned company, released its first round of ecommerce data Monday.


HookLogic pulled data in aggregate over the first two weeks of November from its retailer network, which includes Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Toys 'R Us, Macy's and other retailers.


Interestingly, online sales fell 5% the day before the presidential election, compared with the year-ago date, and 16% the day of the election. The day after the election, ecommerce plummeted 23% year-over-year.


While it fell during the days surrounding the election, ecommerce made a quick comeback -- climbing 24% YoY on the Thursday after the election as consumer confidence rebounded and Americans were ready to get back to their holiday shopping.ecommerce also shows interesting dynamics based on devices used for shopping. During the two weeks analyzed, desktop shopping remained flat while access on mobile phones rose 3 percentage points compared with the same days in 2015. Smartphones took share from tablets, which declined 3 percentage points YoY.





Driving purchases through smartphones has its benefits. Adobe Digital Insights predicts that mobile Web site visits will overtake desktop for the first time during the holiday season. But although more Web traffic will come from mobile, the devices will drive only 34% of revenue. Consumers also tend to put less in their  carts when on a smartphone -- an average of $35 less per transaction.


Despite the rise of searches on mobile devices, consumers will continue to do most of their buying on desktops and in stores this year. Prosper Principal Analyst Pam Goodfellow believes many consumers will search online and in store, browse ad circulars and even login to Facebook to find inspiration for unique and memorable gifts for friends and family.


Goodfellow's prepared statement, published Monday with survey findings from the National Retail Federation, found that nearly 56% of shoppers have already started buying holiday gifts -- the second-highest level in the history of the survey, down slightly from the record nearly 57% during the same time last year. Only 3% said they were finished shopping.


The NRF survey, which asked 7,206 consumers about holiday shopping plans, was conducted November 1 through November 8.


Gift card will become a popular gift this year. Most can be purchased online. And while there's no data to back up the fact, it seems the online purchase of gift cards could help to increase sales through smartphones.


The NRF shows that holiday shoppers are planning to purchase an average of three gift cards with an approximate value of $46 per card, the second most-popular gift after clothing.Some 61% of shoppers said they would buy clothing.


Some 56% will give gift cards; 44%, books, CDs, DVDs, videos or video games; 42%, toys; 31%, food or candy, and 30% plan to give some form of electronics.Spending on gift cards is expected to reach $27.5 billion, up from last year’s planned $26 billion. Restaurant gift cards at 35% are the most popular types, followed by department stores at 33%, Visa/MasterCard/American Express at 22%, coffee shops at 21% and entertainment at 17%.




Author:  Laurie Sullivan

Source:  http://www.mediapost.com/




Categorized in News & Politics

Elasticsearch is an open source distributed full text search engine built on top of Apache Lucene. We recently connected with Gaurav Gupta, VP of Products for Elastic, the company behind Elasticsearch to chat about how search is being used to significantly boost both user adoption and improve the bottom line.

He also shared with us what he believes are the three biggest trends in app development and how developers can take advantage.

 ADM: Can you explain how Elasticsearch is used in mobile app development?

Gupta: It helps to start from why Elasticsearch was created in the first place. In 2004, Shay Banon, CTO and Co-Founder of Elastic, began working on a project that become Elasticsearch at a time when AWS didn’t exist, mobile apps were in their infancy, few had even heard the “Big Data” phrase, and search was designed to make money (lots of it) from keywords, not as a tool for developers. What started as a ‘seemingly’ simple problem -- to build a recipe application for his wife attending Cordon Bleu cooking school -- uncovered the many intricate details and challenges behind  modern search. For example, how do you collect data from multiple sources? How do you combine both unstructured and structured data? How do you retrieve data in real-time across hundreds to thousands to millions of variables? How do you store and index the results and use the information to constantly refine those results? Shay saw the need to build a next-gen search engine with all the features we expect today—distributed computing, hybrid cloud support, ease of adoption, scalable, and designed with standard APIs on REST/JSON.

Quickly, because of the virility of open source, Shay learned that Elasticsearch could be used for more than “search”. After being downloaded more than 75 million times since 2012, Elasticsearch has become a de facto element in almost any type of application across multiple use cases for mission critical security systems, logging platforms, analytics, and more.

As the company behind the Elasticsearch project, Elastic today provides a set of open source products called the Elastic Stack -- Elasticsearch, Kibana, Beats, and Logstash -- and commercial extensions called X-Pack for security, monitoring, alerting, reporting, and graphing. The Elastic Stack plays a key role in many popular mobile apps and sites we interact with on a daily basis from Dell, eBay, eTrade, Goldman Sachs, Groupon, Guardian, HotelTonight, Mozilla, MSN.com, The New York Times, Spotify, Uber, Verizon, Yelp, Wikipedia, and much more.

ADM: What are some of its common use cases for mobile app developers?

Gupta: Developers use Elasticsearch when they need to integrate real-time data, search, and analytics into their mobile apps.

A common mobile use case is to utilize Elasticsearch in mobile apps so they can react in real-time to user actions, create a more personalized user experience and lead to greater engagement and more effective monetization. Beyond search, another use case is using the Elastic Stack for logging and analytics, using Beats and Logstash to ship data into Elasticsearch and Kibana to visualize and analyze log data in real-time.

ADM: What are some examples of mobile apps that utilize Elasticsearch?

Gupta: Yelp's search and recommendation engine is powered by Elasticsearch to help 23 million monthly mobile app and 69 million monthly mobile web users find just what they want.

The New York Times put all 15 million of its articles published over the last 160 years into Elasticsearch, allowing readers to quickly access relevant information from any device and to see recommendations for other related content.

BlaBlaCar uses Elasticsearch to help 20 million members find ride shares in less than 200ms with its mobile app. Elasticsearch matches drivers and passengers based on any dimension (car type, amenities, favorite drivers, number of passengers, etc.) leading to more rides and revenues.

ADM: What are the key benefits of using search in the context of mobile app development?

Gupta: Speed. Getting to market and or into production as fast as possible is one of the biggest benefits. Depending on the use case, mobile apps will help drive new revenues or cost savings, and more and more their rollouts have visibility at the highest levels.

Innovation. Developers should be focused on developing showstopping or value-added features that drive new and expanded usage of mobile apps, not building and maintaining custom plugins and features

Scale to Millions, Billions of Documents. Consider the Wikipedia app. Although its ~5 million docs is not a large number relatively speaking, they cannot all be loaded on a mobile device. You have to rely on servers that expose a limited subset of the data more intelligently, and you have to give them the right subset quickly. Hierarchical navigation, like you use on your desktop, just doesn't work once you have millions or billions of items and thousands of levels of hierarchy. Search allows you to expand the accessible set of items quickly. Moreover, high-quality full-text search, good result-ranking (people often only look at the top 6-10 results of their search), and speedy results (so people don't sit around waiting) are especially important.

Scale to Millions of Users. Good mobile search is scalable both vertically and horizontally so lots of users can hit your search at the same time. It's fast not just with one active user searching, but with hundreds or thousands of concurrent searches.

ADM: How can adding search into the mobile app experience help drive monetization strategies, user adoption and personalization?

Gupta: Users today expect everything to be searchable instantly from a single search box. Great search used to be a differentiator. Now it’s essential. We think search has to do something more to drive real engagement that can unlock new revenue and user adoption opportunities.

Home Depot is doing some interesting things in this area. The company wants its search to understand the different relationships across more than a million products online to trigger cross-sell and up-sell opportunities. It provides suggestions of comparables and alternatives, automatically determining complementary products and limiting choice to reduce returns. It alerts the user of potential issues to avoid, e.g. “If you buy different brands of roofing shingles, you may void the 30-year warranty.” And it provides real-time updates of availability from your local store -- down to the aisle and bin -- or whether products are only available online.

ADM: Context has been one of the key areas of innovation with mobile apps. How can developers improve the context in their search results?

Gupta: The combination of context-rich search, including personalization, geolocation, filters and more, is natural and a must-have for so many mobile app developers. The same goes for any other data that can drive the optimal consumer user experience or monetization strategies, e.g. recommendations, ads, etc.

Gaurav Gupta

Gaurav Gupta is Vice President of Product
Management at Elastic

For example, context is vital if you're someone like HotelTonight. We want to think of search terms as being signals that provide color to a user’s intentions, so we can bias the results, filter them or both. In terms of geolocation, you don't want to try to offer a hotel in Boston to a user who is in San Francisco, unless you know the person is explicitly looking for it. In terms of personalization, you don't want to push the most expensive items in your inventory to a user who is looking for "low end" and "cheap".

ADM: What kinds of innovations suld mobile app developers look forward to seeing in search in the future?

Gupta: We see three big trends taking place in this area.

- First, one is the growing importance of “geo-aware” capability, especially in context of the search that's being performed. For instance, if I search for "suspension bridge" while standing next to the Golden Gate Bridge, my app could (or arguably should) use my geolocation context to influence results and bubble a result relating to the Golden Gate Bridge higher. Some apps like Uber and Yelp are built so much around this concept that you could argue a significant portion of their business model is dependent on it.

However, many apps haven't even started being geo-aware or are significantly underutilizing this information. We see geo-context-aware search being a really important element in mobile app development in the future. That puts pressure on search developers to have a system that easily incorporates geo information in the search and result ranking efficiently -- without engaging a separate geo database that may be out of sync. This is something Elastic has been spending a lot of time on, including geo in results and enabling the developer to bias results by distance from a geo point. We also have added the ability to even index complex shapes (think delivery zones, states, city borders, cellphone signal zones, etc) so you could answer mobile-important questions directly using a single search solution like "is the mobile user currently in my delivery zone?" or "is my trip going to leave me where I won't have cell coverage?" if you had this data available in your app.

- Second, mobile devices are taking on more and more sensors. We used to think about mobile as laptops and cellphones. Now we have tablets and more exotic wearable devices which have mixed inputs, all of which contribute to the search context. There's a lot of research going on to try to get computers and search to understand multimedia inputs like cameras and microphones. More immediately, we have "exotic" inputs like GPS/speed, heart rate, and temperature light sensors that are tied to our devices either directly or through wireless syncing like bluetooth. All of that data can be taken into consideration with something that might be considered a "search" today, and that creates both opportunities and challenges. The advantages are potentially massive. For example, if my device knows that it's hot outside and that I'm sweating when I search for "coffee," maybe it should bias results toward nearby places known for their cold brew, iced coffees and air conditioning. The obvious challenge is making sure the right information is properly secured and available only to the people you want. As a result, security will play a greater role than has ever existed in even the most locked down of search systems in the past.

- Third, mobile devices are taking on more and more form factors. These new form factors are things like smartwatches and activity trackers with tiny screens or screens that are completely absent and running on minimal hardware. The minimal hardware underscores what we said earlier: if you can't store all of Wikipedia on your smartphone, you're definitely not going to fit it on your smartwatch. Being able to offload that workload out of the device is really important. Which, in turn, creates a need for good API design in the search layer so that developers can access the result sets in the language of their choosing in the way of their choosing. Small or nonexistent screens require really good ranking algorithms. The expected result needs to be first or second so the user can take action right away.

Author:  Richard Harris

Source:  https://appdevelopermagazine.com

Categorized in Online Research

Mobile networking is rapidly overgrowing desktop navigation and one of the main uses of it is for searching for relevant and urgent information.

Search Engines are the most visited websites through mobile devices (Google Insights).

Mobile search is not just a part of web search engines anymore, instead it has grown as a specialized branch of mobile content for itself that is rapidly growing. Mobile search engines are the gateway to mobile content for most users. Google is the undisputed leader of desktop search engines, but when it comes to mobile searching, the battle for the throne is still raging and finally the one that provides the most relevant results wins. Understanding how users search through their smartphones is the key to the mobile search approach, for instance, location is an extremely important factor in mobile searches.

Let’s take a look at some of the best search engines available for mobile devices and analyse their features.

Top Search Engines for Mobile Devices

Google Search (iPod / Android)

Google is still among the great giants of searching, for mobile devices too. The Google Search app has a beautiful simple and clean interface with a search field and links to other applications, voice search and Google Goggles, a feature that lets you snap a photo to find information about products, landmarks, etc. The auto-complete feature suggests terms as you type, reducing search time by cutting spare typing.

yahoo search mobileYahoo! Search (iPhone / Android)

Yahoo offers a unique approach to the way they show mobile results, offering a map with a link to directions and a CTC button when looking for local results, it is a very useful feature, but the application does not offer anything else different from other applications. It also provides a link of trending searches when you access the application.

bing mobileBing Mobile (iPad / iPhone / Android)

Bing’s mobile application has a nice and sleek look, rapid access to images, videos, maps, etc. It shows the results that your Facebook friends liked and has Bing Vision, a feature that lets you recognize bar and QR codes, book covers, pictures, etc.

ask mobile (iPhone / Android)

Ask is not a traditional search engine. It is based on questions the users ask and show web results other users responses as an answer. You can either type a question or use voice search.

duck duck go mobileDuck Duck Go (iPhone / Android)

Duck Duck Go is not different from any standard search engine in terms of results, but it has some unique features that make it worth trying. It uses over 50 information sources to give you relevant data just above links, so you don’t have to spare clicks. Also it does not track you, providing total privacy.


Topsy is, as they call themselves, a social time machine, which means it is a search engine based on social media sites. It shows results based on popular links and the influence of the people who cites them, and enables users to show those results on a timeline. It does not have an app, but Topsy’s site is nicely adapted for mobile devices.

chacha mobile
ChaCha (iPhone / Android)

ChaCha is a search engine that answers questions based on a “human search engine” with location-based features. It accepts text or voice queries and provides a text response back. ChaCha is free for the moment and supported by ads. ChaCha can be faster than regular smartphones search engines, but sometimes it takes minutes to answer a question and it only gives one response for query.

wolfram alpha mobileWolfram Alpha (iPhone / Android)

Wolfram Alpha directly answers factual queries. It also offers multitude of features, including plotting graphs, calculations and technical data about anything you can imagine. It is more than a search engine, it does not only gives you links, it gives relevant data and information. The interface is very simple, clean and, just as the application, efficient.

blekko mobileBlekko (iPhone / Android)

Blekko is a spam-free search engine that allows vertical searches based on the use of slahstag (like the folders on a computer). The application suggest its own slashtags and lets you navigate from one to another.

dogpile mobileDogpile (iPhone)

Dogpile is a metasearch engine, it instantly searches through seven popular search engines and decides which results are the more relevant to your query. Among its features are web and image search, camera scan and sharing options.

More Mobile Search Engines


Abphone is a media browser which is based on keywords and dedicated to finding images and videos so that you could download them on your phone.

alien pants

Alien Pants

Alien Pants operates GTIP, an SMS-based customer support, hints and cheat service within the online and mobile gaming community.


AOL is the mobile portal of AOLs search engine.



It is a Swedish meta-search engine which queries more than 10 biggest search sites.



Kannuu provides search software that is able to run on mobile devices, the engine is geared towards the mobile Internet, using predictive software to speed searches.



Medio runs a mobile search engine which uses mobile analytics to provide users with one-stop search results. Its mobile adverts are targeted with the search results.


mcnMobile Cotent Networks

Mobile Content Networks combines vertical search with its Taxonomy Engine so that they do their best in order to provide accurate search results. With MCN you also can place targeted ads with search results.

Try the solutions you liked and choose the best ones for you. Probably, you have other variants you use which were not mentioned… Please, write them in the comments. Let’s make a full list together!

Source : zeendo.com


Categorized in Search Engine

People all over the world are using the Web every day - to shop, to search, and to communicate. We're not tethered to our desktop computers anymore, either; we're using phones, tablets, and other easy to use devices to get where we want to go online. Here are six search engines that offer a mobile alternative experience: they're easy to use, and offer a more streamlined search experience than that of the standard desktop. 

Google Mobile

1.  Google

Google's mobile search option is a lean version of the Google we all know and love, offering quick results with the option to search locally, for images, maps, and much more. Once you're signed into your Google account, your searches, history, and preferences will be synced across whatever devices you use, making your Google experience as streamlined and seamlessly integrated as possible. What does this mean? Basically, if you search for something using your computer at home, and then pick up your phone while out to search for something else, you should see your previous searches in your Google search history, even though you used two different devices to make them. 

More Google properties with mobile options

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Yahoo mobile

2.  Yahoo

Yahoo's mobile search offers an interesting search experience - you have the option of looking at mobile Web-enabled sites OR PC-enabled sites (mobile sites render differently basically because of space constrictions), as well as targeted local results.In addition, specific Yahoo properties, such as email, have their own mobile apps that are dedicated only to that function. 

More Yahoo search options

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3.  USA.gov

If you need to look up government resources while you're out and about, then USA.gov's mobile search engine is what you want. A simple search for "president" retrieved a list of FAQ's, government Web results, images, and news, with the option to search more specifically in any of these sections.

More government sites

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youtube mobile

4.  YouTube

You're going to want to make sure you have a robust battery before checking out YouTube, because it will eat up a lot of resources. However, if you're wanting to watch the latest videos, YouTube is always a good choice.Just like the full desktop version of  YouTube, you're able to customize YouTube on your mobile device to show what you're  most interested in. Note: personalization goes along with whatever Google account you're signed into, as YouTube is owned by the Google umbrella of properties. 

More possible video options

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5.  Twitter

While Twitter is used primarily as a microbloggingapplication, it's starting to morph into a legitimate search destination (learn how to search Twitter with Twitter search operators).Twitter is especially useful when used via mobile, especially if you're looking for breaking information on news or local events - it tends to be updated much faster than typical news outlets.  More »

6.  Amazon 

Search for deals on the go with Amazon; this comes in handy especially when you want to compare prices online and offline. This easy to use app makes it as easy as possible to shop and purchase items with a minimum of clicks.Amazon's mobile app is also able to figure out if you left something in your shopping cart on your phone (for example) and syncs across devices to make sure you have the same items in your cart if you access Amazon on your desktop.  Check Amazon rating »

Source : websearch

Categorized in Search Engine

Baidu’s mobile search monthly active users (MAUs) reached 667 million for the month of June 2016, an increase of 6% year-over-year according to its Q2 2016 results.

Baidu Maps mobile MAUs were 343 million for the month of June 2016, an increase of 13% year-over-year.
Gross merchandise value for Baidu transaction services totaled RMB 18.0 billion ($2.7 billion) for Q2 2016, an increase of 166% YoY.

The number of activated accounts of Baidu Wallet reached 80 million at the end of June 2016, an increase of 131% year-over-year.

Baidu had about 594,000 active online marketing customers in the second quarter of 2016, representing a 0.7% increase from the corresponding period in 2015.

Baidu’s total revenues in Q2 2016 were RMB18.264 billion (USD 2.748 billion), a 10.2% increase from the corresponding period in 2015, and 16.3% year-over-year increase, excluding Qunar in the second quarter of 2015. Mobile represented 62% of Baidu’s total revenues for Q2 2016, compared to 50% for Q2 2015.

Check out China search engine market forecast 2016-2018 here.

Source :  https://www.chinainternetwatch.com

Categorized in Search Engine

Google is now showing images in the mobile search results for product-like queries. Do you like the new mobile search snippets?

Google is now showing image thumbnails in the mobile search results for select queries. The queries seem to be product-based queries where the user might find an image of the product useful. Google was actually testing this back in August 2016 and also earlier in December 2014, and it now seems to be showing for all mobile searchers.

I was personally able to replicate it and had them come up for me for searches from [door locks] to [wine glasses] to searches on types of cars or color of cars. Here are some screen shots of how they look in the mobile search results.






We asked Google for a comment about this yesterday but did not hear back by the time we published this story.

Source: http://searchengineland.com 

Categorized in Online Research
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