There are many components to the search process and the results page, and we’re
constantly updating our technologies and systems to deliver better results. Many of
these changes involve exciting new innovations, such as the Knowledge Graph or Google
Instant. There are other important systems that we constantly tune and refine. This
list of projects provides a glimpse into the many different aspects of search.
Displays immediate answers and information for things such as the weather, sports
scores and quick facts.
Predicts what you might be searching for. This includes understanding terms with
more than one meaning.
Finds results out of millions of books, including previews and text, from
libraries and publishers worldwide.
Shows the latest news and information. This includes gathering timely results when
you’re searching specific dates.
Displays immediate results as you type.
Shows you image-based results with thumbnails so that you can decide which page to
visit from just a glance.
Uses systems for collecting and storing documents on the web.
Provides results based on a database of real world people, places, things, and the
connections between them.
Includes improvements designed specifically for mobile devices, such as tablets and
Includes results from online newspapers and blogs from around the world.
Gets to the deeper meaning of the words that you type.
Provides features like “Advanced Search”, related searches and other search tools,
all of which help you fine-tune your search.
Reduces the amount of adult web pages, images and videos in your results.
Creates new ways to search, including “search by image” and “voice search”.
Site & Page Quality
Uses a set of signals to determine how trustworthy, reputable or authoritative a
source is. (One of these signals is PageRank, one of Google’s first algorithms,
which looks at links between pages to determine their relevance).
Shows small previews of information, such as a page’s title and short descriptive
text, about each search result.
Identifies and corrects possible spelling errors and provides alternatives.
Recognises words with similar meanings.
Translation and Internationalisation
Tailors results based on your language and country.
Blends relevant content, such as images, news, maps, videos and your personal content, into a single unified search results page.
Provides more relevant results based on geographic region, Web History, and other factors.
Shows video-based results with thumbnails so that you can quickly decide which
video to watch.