Google Search becoming even more intelligent with the Knowledge Graph, now extends to outside the U.S. all English-speaking countries- "starting today, Knowledge Graph results will appear across every English-speaking country in the world," Google said.
"Knowledge Graph is a database of more than 500 million real-world people, places and things with 3.5 billion attributes and connections among them."
Google says this will also help find the right result more quickly when your search may have different meanings. With Knowledge Graph, Google says they can now give different suggestions of real-world entities in the search box as you type.
Also, with the Knowledge Graph, Google says they can provide more subjective lists. If you click on an item, you can then explore the result more deeply on the web. "For example, now when you search for say [california lighthouses], or [hurricanes in 2008], you will get a list of these things across the top of the page," Google explains.
Starting today, Google opening up a limited trial where you can sign up here to get information from your Gmail right from the search box. If it looks relevant you can then expand the box to read the emails.
Google says, they're working on some even more useful features such as "if you search for [my flights] we will organize flight confirmation emails for any upcoming trips in a beautifully easy-to-read way right on the search results page."
Google has also combined its speech recognition, understanding of language and the Knowledge Graph to make Voice Search better interpret questions and sometimes speak the answers back as full sentences.
This feature is currently available on Android, and will soon come to iPhone or iPad (iOS version 4.2+). All you need to do is "just tap the microphone icon and ask your question," and you'll see your words streamed back to you quickly as you speak. Then Google will show you a list of the latest movies in theaters near you, with schedules and even trailers.
"It works for everything from celebrity factoids to the height of Kilamanjaro and more. When Google can supply a direct answer to your question, you'll get a spoken response too," Google said.
In other Google product news,
Google Scholar launched nearly eight years ago, today received updates. To get article updates relevant to your work, all you need to do is create a public Scholar profile. Article updates will automatically start to appear within a few days.
"We analyze your articles (as identified in your Scholar profile), scan the entire web looking for new articles relevant to your research, and then show you the most relevant articles when you visit Scholar. We determine relevance using a statistical model that incorporates what your work is about, the citation graph between articles, the fact that interests can change over time, and the authors you work with and cite. You don't need to configure updates or enter any queries. We'll notify you about new updates by displaying a preview on the homepage and highlighting a bell icon on search results pages," explains Google.