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Google Drive Adds 18 New Languages, Totals to 65

Whether you’re presenting slides in a boardroom in São Paulo or negotiating a Japanese contract in Tokyo, Google Drive speaks your language: 65 of them, to be exact, with the addition of 18 new languages today.

“You can now switch back and forth as often as you like, and many of these languages are also supported by Drive’s spellchecker,” informs Google. To try Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides in another language, you can switch by using the steps below on desktop:

  • “Clicking the gear icon in the upper right, then select Settings.
  • Under General, select a language from the drop-down menu in the Language section.
  • Click Save.”
  • And, to change the language for Google Drive for mobile, go to your device’s language settings.

In addition, no matter which Drive app you’re using — Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms — you can now “also work in real time in any language you choose while your fellow collaborators use another language,” adds google.

“Google Drive lets you store and access your files anywhere — on the web, your computer, your phone, or on the go.”

Google just added recipes search results to Google Voice Search on iOS or Android.

All you need is “tap the microphone in the Google Search app and ask “What’s the best recipe for potato salad?”” And, if you want to know a measurement conversion–for instance, from pints to liters–just say “How many pints are in liter” and Google will tell you.

Google Recipes comes to voice search on iOS and Android

Also, starting today, now when you search Google for restaurants, bars or other local places on your desktop, “you’ll see an interactive “carousel” of local results at the top of the page,” informs Google.

“Type or say “mexican restaurants,” or try any similar search for restaurants, bars or hotels. Click on one of the places in the carousel to get more details on it, including its overall review-based score, address and photos,” explians google.

And, to see more places, “click the arrow at the right of the carousel. And you can zoom in on the map that appears below the carousel to restrict your search to only places in a specific area.”

The interactive “carousel” available to iPad and Nexus tablet since December, is rolling out to the desktops in English in the U.S.

Google says, it’ll add more features and languages over time.

carousel for local results on Google search desktop

Update: Google’s tilde operator that allowed you to get results for different variations of your search query is no longer works. The tilde operator is also now missing from Google’s help center article.

“Normally, synonyms might replace some words in your original query. Add a tilde sign (~) immediately in front of a word to search for that word as well as even more synonyms. For example, [~food facts] includes results for ‘nutrition facts’,” explained Google.

A cool trick that used to work was to search for [~query -query] to find synonyms.

Google’s Dan Russell confirms the deprecation, “Yes, it’s been deprecated. Why? Because too few people were using it to make it worth the time, money, and energy to maintain. In truth, although I sometimes disagree with the operator changes, I happen to agree with this one. Maintaining ALL of the synonyms takes real time and costs us real money. Supporting this operator also increases the complexity of the code base. By dropping support for it we can free up a bunch of resources that can be used for other, more globally powerful changes.”

Also, if you want to find synonyms, then just use Google’s dictionary OneBox that includes a list of synonyms, so a searching for [ubiquitous definition], [define ubiquitous] or even just [ubiquitous] returns a great synonym: omnipresent.

Google OneBox for Synonyms

Google has also opened the Feed Reading Playground.

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