Google Will Start Giving Quick Answers To Questions In Search Results

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Google is going to start providing a range of personalized “quick answers” in search results by bringing more of the capabilities of Google Now to all platforms.

According to Google’s announcement, these new search capabilities will focus on providing answers to questions related to travel and logistics, such as: hotel and restaurant reservations, flight times, delivery tracking, calendar entries, and several others.

Ever had trouble checking your flight’s status on the go because it meant digging through your email for the flight number? Or wanted to just quickly see whether your package would arrive on time, without having to look up the tracking info first? You’ve told us it would be much easier if you could skip the fuss and just ask Google.

Soon you’ll be able to find this info instantly in Google Search if it’s in your Gmail, Google Calendar or Google+. For example, just ask or type, “What’s my flight status?” or “When will my package arrive?”

Google’s Main Objective Is To Make It Easy To Retrieve Your Personal Information Quickly

Google wants to save you the hassle of having to sift through e-mail or browsing through a multitude of other Google apps.

Google Now has been doing this on mobile for some time now, but what differentiates these new search capabilities from Google Now is the ability to find information on demand. Not to mention it will be available to desktop users as well as mobile users.

The new quick answers will be built around being able to request information using natural language. For example, users will be able to ask questions like:

  • “When will my Amazon order arrive?”
  • “Is my flight going to be on time?”
  • “Do I have any meetings today?”

In order for the quick answers to work, users have to be signed in to their Google accounts. Data will be retrieved using personal information from their Google accounts and the web. The underlying idea is to push Google search further into the direction of being a personal assistant.

As Google continues their push towards being a personal assistant they distance themselves further from their competitors. The new capabilities will start being introduced now but may take a couple of days to reach all U.S. users.

Matt Southern

Matt Southern

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Matt Southern is the lead news writer at Search Engine Journal. His passion for helping people in all aspects of online marketing flows through in the expert industry coverage he provides.
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  • Paul

    Brilliant – is this basically the return of aardvark?

    • Matt Southern

      Brilliant indeed! I have to admit I’m not familiar with aardvark though, perhaps you could explain?

  • Janine N Crowd

    The Google Now concept of being a personal assistant is awesome! Google just keeps getting better and better!!!

    • Matt Southern

      So true, Google just keeps innovating and pushing the limits of what we can do with modern technology.

  • Keven Engel

    Day by day, Google updates its search result ! More personalized search results!

  • Travis Bliffen

    I think this is a step in the right direction for Google. Nice to see them do something besides update SEO Algorithms.

    • Matt Southern

      I agree, nice to read something positive from Google for a change and not another update about something we’re doing wrong as far as SEO goes.

  • Thomas Smith

    Looks like PA’s will soon be out of a job! Could this not be seen as a huge invasion of personal privacy though? We know Google won’t “give away” our data… not willingly anyway, but this could be potentially one of the biggest data collection resources known to man. A scary thought if you ask me.

    • Matt Southern

      I think it will be a long time before technology will replace real human assistants, if that even happens at all. You’re right though, it’s scary to think how much data Google will have about us over time, but for whatever reason I trust them not to abuse it. Hopefully I’m not proven wrong.

      • Thomas Smith

        I’m not sure if it’s stupid of me or not but I’m already reluctant to use Google products as it is. The way I see it; if there’s information to be taken, someone will try and take it. Now, how many people will assign credit card details to their G+ accounts? How many will post addresses, details, schedules? It’s more information in one place than we can seriously comprehend and until I’m certain that it’s at least 99.9% secure, I’m having none of it.

  • Riza

    Google has really come a long way. Who would’ve imagined a time where we can ask Google for our personal information? Looking back, we could’ve hoped for it, but I’m pretty sure we are all surprised to how things have unfolded.

    Such a time-saver, this new Google’s search capabilities. Bring them on. 🙂

    By the way, this post has been “Kingged” on the IM social networking site, for its wonderful content.

    • Matt Southern

      Glad to know that the content of this post was so appreciated. And I agree, bring on the new search capabilities!

  • Jignesh Shah

    Addiction..! Addiction..! GOOGLE Addiction..! “Google generation” word is perfect for all of us, and now one more new excellent concept. I have never imagined that someday I am going to ask my personal information to Google, sometimes Google sounds me like God! I am not kidding it has all the solution related to my all problems :-p Really Google has come a long way.