Getting more done while you are messaging or reading an article with Search on the iOS becomes easier now with Google on Monday announced extending of Search functionality on iPhone and iPad as it launches three new features to the Google app.
They include extensions for iMessage and browser apps such as Safari.
Search Google and share, right from iMessage
First, a new iMessage extension allow users to search Google and share results right from with in iMessage.
To activate the new functionality, you need to have Google app installed—Just click ont he App Store icon next ot the message field to open iMessage, then tap the iMessage apps drawer, and then select the Google app icon to see the options below.
The new integration let you search and share while messaging. Just tap one of the shortcuts buttons to bring up results, or share locations, GIFs, or perform a search and share a card directly into the conversation.
Switch to GIF Search mode to find and share a “happy birthday” GIF, or click “Share” in any of the cards will add the listing to the iMessage chat. For example, tapping on the restaurant card will take you to the Google Search page, where you can look up the busiest times, as well as menus and reviews.
Below is an screenshot of new Search iMessage extension:
The support for iMessage extension is currently only available in the U.S. But, Google is expecting to expand it to more languages and locales soon.
Discover and Explore from any webpage in Safari
Another ability added today let you discover releated content when browsing using any browser on the iPhone, including Safari. Simply, enable Google Search action extension in the share menu, then tap on it to bring up related results from Google, as shown in the GIF animtaion below:
This is an extension of the capability already available in the Google app for iOS since last fall.
Drag and drop to search, save, or share on iPad
The third update on iOS 11 now let you quickly move test, images, and links to and from the Google app by just a drag and drop. For example, “when reading a article on Google app, just tap and hold to pick up a link and drag it into iMessage to share with a friend, or into Notes to save for later.”
In the screenshot below, you can see an example of Drag and Drop:
Also, Google today, launched an update helping now to find shared content with new file organization in Google Drive.
The new improvement in G Suite adds a new section called, “Shared with Me” that shows the files that have been shared with you in Google Drive. In this section, “you may also see people listed, along with files they’ve shared with you. Simply click on a document to quickly open it.”
The new interface uses artificial intelligence (AI) to predict people and files.
Below you can see new Shared with Me section on mobile: