About this Result: Google’s new took to bust fake news
New Delhi, May 20: At its I/O 2021 event, Google rolled out several new features and among them was the About this Result in the search feature that can help in tackling fake news.
When a user searches for something on Google, the result cards that appear will also have About this Result. This would give information about a website, what other sites have to say about it and a Wikipedia page with information about. The feature will help users make a more informed choice.
This feature would be rolled out across the world in a few months. The option to use voice search and image search in the widget it provides on Android phones has already been given by Google. These would be augmented with an update to Google Lens, the AR powered camera. The Android devices will first get this update following which it would be rolled for iOS devices.
Kicking off Google I/O 2021 in a virtual format from the Mountain View campus, Google CEO Sundar Pichai also announced additions to Google Workspace that will enable richer collaboration, especially in view of the pandemic that has driven enterprises across the globe to embrace remote working solutions.
Pichai said that COVID-19 has deeply affected every community over the past year, and "places like Brazil, and my home country of India, are now going through their most difficult moments yet".
"COVID-19 has deeply affected every community, it''s also inspired coordination between public and private sectors, and across international borders.
"At Google, we launched products and initiatives to help one another through this time - to help students and teachers continue their learning from anywhere, to help small businesses adapt and grow, and to get emergency relief and vaccines to communities in need," he said on late Tuesday night.
Pichai and other Google executives laid out the roadmap for tools and features that will be rolled out through the year across products like Search, Lens, Photos, Maps and Shopping among others.
For enhanced privacy, Google is introducing a new "quick delete" option that will help delete the last 15 minutes of Search history with a single tap from the Google Account Menu. It is also introducing Location History reminders in Maps Timeline.
"Locked Folder" is a new passcode-protection feature in Google Photos where select photos can be saved separately and these photos won''t show up as users scroll through their grid or in shared albums. The feature will be introduced to Google Pixel phones first, and more Android devices throughout the year.
Google has also announced new enhancements to its Password Manager, which helps users create, remember, save and auto-fill passwords across the web. This will help easily change compromised passwords with Google Assistant; provide automatic, proactive notification of compromised passwords; and provide a new tool to make it easy to import passwords from files or other password managers.
The tech giant is also releasing the first beta of Android 12, featuring the biggest design change since 2014. The latest version includes features that give more transparency around which apps are accessing user data, and offers more controls so users can make informed choices.
Currently, there are 3 billion active Android devices around the world, we are building for the future of mobile computing.
The company will add Smart Canvas, adding a new experience in Google Workspace. New features include interactive building blocks-smart chips, templates, and checklists - as well as new page less format in Docs and emoji reactions. It is also bringing Meet, closer to Docs, Sheets and Slides.
Pichai also talked about Project Starline, an early technology project being run by the company that combines advances in hardware and software to enable friends, families and co-workers that makes them feel like they are together, even if they are in different locations.
Google is also previewing several projects, including an AI-powered dermatology assist tool that aims to help people research and identify common skin issues, with a wider goal of reducing the global burden of skin disease.