Google is preparing us for the next generation of web search with the innovative Google Discover feature, which began rolling out on the search giant’s homepage and mobile app, according to 9to5Google. It’s part of the company’s efforts to enable users to get to the information they want with as few steps as possible.
The feature originates from Google Now, which was replaced by Google Feed last year. The new feed is available on the left side of the home screen on Android, and it displays news articles based on the user’s interests like sports, entertainment, tech, and science alongside information based on their search history, 9to5Google reports.
Google announced the new visual design and features on its blog last month. The biggest change will be on the homepage and mobile devices which use it. The Google homepage is simplistic, featuring only a search bar on a white background.
On the other hand, the mobile web version features a feed of cards which appear below the search bar, like in the Google app on Android and iOS. Each story features a topic header featuring Google Discover’s star icon, which users should select to see more articles.
The Google Discover cards feature a cover image, title, a brief summary, and the name of the website and published date. There is also an overflow menu in the upper-right corner which lets users allow or dismiss topics if they aren’t interested in them or want to block a website from appearing in Google Discover again.
The bottom-right corner lets you select whether you see more or less of the subject you want to see. There are also other content types, including live sports scores and YouTube videos. There will also be stories featuring a group of other cards underneath showing a movie or TV show and a summary or the actors who are in it.
According to 9to5Google, Google Discover has been rolled out to a large number of devices, including iPhones and Pixel devices. They are available on any mobile browser, including Safari on iOS and Chrome on Android. When using it for the first time, the feature will display cards toward the top of the screen featuring all the new features and how can users can learn more about how to use them.
Did you get Google Discover on your device yet? Try it out and let us know how it works.