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Google's mobile app is now smarter than ever

Emma Clark

Published 17/11/2015 | 02:29

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Google has released an update for its mobile search app that makes it better capable of understanding and handling complex queries.

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Google has been a go-to resource for most queries for many years, but its mobile app should be more capable now.

An update is being rolled out, which improves its understanding, particularly of complex questions and queries. The Google app, according to a blog post from Google product manager Satyajeet Salgar, is starting to understand the meaning of what you ask.

Google now breaks down queries into pieces so that it can understand the intent behind the question. Salgar added a helpful diagram that shows the thought process that occurs when someone asks, “Who was the US President when the Angels won the World Series?”

Salgar also outlined new types of complex questions that Google can handle. It can understand superlatives (so you can ask about the tallest or largest, for example), questions with dates in them, and complex combinations such as the above example.

However, the system still can’t make up for shortfalls on the user’s end. You can’t ask it, “Who was Dakota Johnson's mom in the movie?” You’ll just get movies of Dakota Johnson’s real-life mother, Melanie Griffith.

The Google Search mobile app is freely available on Android and iOS.

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