New shortcuts in Search help keep you in the know

These days, you expect information at your fingertips. Now we’re making it easier than ever to stay in the know and get the information you need quickly and easily. Starting today in English in India, we’re introducing tappable shortcuts on the Google app for Android that give you easy access to great tools and the ability to explore deeper within topics you care about.

Quick access to answers you need
Getting up-to-the-minute info is as easy as a single tap. With shortcuts right on the home screen of the Google App, you now have access to the best of Google Search in a single tap. Need to locate the nearest ATM? Want to find out where the latest movies are playing? Looking for a kirana store to pick up a few supplies on your way home? Google will now help get you there quicker.

Immediately beneath the search bar, you’ll now find tappable shortcuts. These enable quick access to key information like cricket scores, weather, and nearby restaurants.

Shortcuts to explore and keep up with your areas of interest
The Google search box is great when you’re looking for a specific answer, but there are also moments when you just want to catch up on the latest topics of interest.

You will find dozens of useful shortcuts on the Google app (hint: tap the little arrow to the right of the shortcuts), for everything from locating nearby gas stations, pharmacies, convenience stores, even discovering vacation destinations and booking flight tickets. Plus, if you’re looking for fun, there’s quick access to shortcuts like Tic-tac-toe, roll a dice, Solitaire, and always a favorite: animals sounds.

When you absolutely have to know how your favourite ICC cricket team is performing, a single tap is all it takes to bring up key statistics on details such as the current and past matches, cricket news, and overall team standings. You now have an easy way of accessing information about your favourite sport!

Don’t let bad weather rain on your parade. Tap the weather shortcut and be ready for the day before you walk out the door. You’ll have access to updated information every time you tap—from hourly sky conditions and chance of rain, severe weather alerts, a detailed 10-day forecast, and more.

From planning a quick weekend getaway to a long-awaited family vacation, you’ll find one-tap access to managing flight bookings and reservations, and even quick access to Translate to help greet the locals when you get there.

To find the most timely and recently used shortcuts, make sure your Google app is updated to the latest version and then look for your shortcuts right underneath the search box. You’ll see new shortcuts appear for big moments and events moving forward. Search on!

Posted by, Fred Brewin, Product Manager