Google has quietly rolled out a new feature to search which demonstrates various animal noises when the phrase “animal noises” is entered into the search bar. A carousel of animals and corresponding noises appears, which can be heard when clicked or tapped on.
In addition, if you enter in a phrase such as “what sound does an elephant make?”, a similar carousel will appear with the queried animal featured most prominently.
Apparently this feature has been around for the past couple of weeks. Mashable appears to be the first to have noticed it within North America. The Google Austria Google+ page first broke the news in March. In total, 19 animal calls have been added, including:
- Humpback whale
It may prove to be a useful tool in educating children, or as a general reference tool if a more diverse set of animal noises is added in the future.
Whether or not Google intends to expand on the animal noises feature is not known at this time. Currently it appears to be available worldwide on desktop, iOS and Android.
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