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Google adds interactive weather search to tablets

Today Google has added another one of those small yet ever so useful features to their search capabilities on mobile devices. More importantly on tablets now that they're rocking their own Nexus 7. Today they've introduced interactive weather visualization for tablet devices -- something that is already available for smartphones.

Google patent points at search-specific Android gestures

Never one to settle for the status quo, Google seems to be investigating in never-before-seen methods of gesture control for Android or other touch-based systems. A newly published patent from 2011 indicates that software engineers have come up with a unique method of highlighting and searching for various types of content using a system that recalls Palm's old Graffiti input. Essentially you draw a lowercase "g", then continue the trail of movement around whatever it is on the screen that you want to search for. This in turn automatically searches the relevant Google service for the text, photo or video in question.

Yahoo unveils new app search option for Android

Yahoo, that search engine you used sometime back in the 90's is apparently staying with the times and have just added an entirely new option to their search results. Updating and trying to stay relevant they've added an "Apps" tab right to their front page for search results. If you had a hard time finding apps before, this could be your solution.

Google Images gets a makeover on Android tablets

Google announced via its Mobile Blog that the standard image search on Android and iOS tablets is getting a significant update today, not unlike the previous standard search update. There's some adjusted UI settings to take advantage of the larger form factor, most notably an infinite scroll feature that will continually load images as you flick the web page down. I gave it a try on my Galaxy Tab 8.9, with a subject that no one could object to.

Ice Cream Sandwich gets dedicated search button mod

Google may be a search company first and foremost, but Ice Cream Sandwich shifts Android away from a dedicated search button and replaces it with the app switcher. Using virtual buttons has benefits for modders, however, and MoDaCo's Paul O'Brien has wasted no time in adding a dedicated search option in the ICS button bar. As you'd expect, tapping it brings up the search dialog, just as the dedicated search buttons on previous Android phones would do. Google hasn't exactly excised search from Android 4.0 altogether - in fact the homescreen now has a persistent search box across the top, that's carried over all five panes - but this dedicated key makes it a little easier. Sometimes it's the little tweaks that can make the most difference to daily use, and this could well be one of them. No word on when exactly Paul might release the mod at this stage, but he tells us it will be "very shortly."

Google Offices Raided by Korean Fair Trade Commission

It appears that Google's Seoul offices have been raided today by Korean trustbusters looking for information on the possible stoppering of search opponents in the company's mobile operating system Android. Search engine company NHN (popular in the area) and Daum Communications this past April asked the country's Fair Trade Commission to investigate Google's mobile search business practices. It appears that this request may well have been the source of the raid this week, and Google has responded with compliance and assurances to the public that they've got no ill willing code in play that would make their OS an unfair playing field.

Quixey App Search Receives $3.8 Million for Development

With hundreds and thousands of mobile applications available and more being added each day, don't you wish there was an easier way to search for apps? Recently the App search service Quixey signed a deal with investors for around $3.8 million to help with research, development and to help grow new partnerships. With Quixey users will be able to search for mobile, desktop, and web apps based on what the app actually does.

Developers angry at Android Market search shakeup

Many developers of apps on the Android Market are unhappy today with the change of the search functionality on the Android Market. The search tweaks have seen a lot of developers that had popular apps in the past plummet in popularity and search ranking. The shakeup has seen apps that previously ranked very highly for specific keywords not return in the rankings at all for the same searches today.
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