Search engine giant Google has added a six-second video preview to its mobile search results. In a significant move amidst the current trend of social media videos, the new update in Google would now let searches in Android’s Google app or Chrome to display a small preview of every video. Google would use some of its machine learning capabilities to actually analyse the entire video and then decide what six-second portion to pick for preview. For videos, Google has generally showcased a static image thumbnail in search results. But as more information moves to video, the company said that it is working on new ways to give users, useful glimpses, helping them quickly find what they are looking for across video, too. Prashant Baheti, Product Manager at Google, in a blog wrote, “Video previews is the next step in helping you find information faster. More to come — but for now, Search on!”
Earlier, Emily Moxley, Google’s Director of Product Management for this project, was quoted as saying by TechCrunch, “Any video on the web is eligible for inclusion, though Google may not have a preview for some of the newest videos available yet because it takes the servers a bit of time to build the previews.” The sneak peeks will only show up on Wi-Fi by default and users can opt-out of them in the settings for both the Google app and Google Chrome for Android, in case they do not wish to consume mobile data.
Google on August 17 added the ‘Questions and Answers’ feature to Google Maps and mobile search to help users get information about places they want to go to. Users can ask or answer a question – or read the existing questions and answers about a place – by simply searching for the location on Google Maps or mobile Search.
Meanwhile, Google in its blog added, “Starting today and rolling out more widely next week, on the Google app for Android and Chrome on Android, when video results show up in the video carousel, just like text snippets for text results, you’ll see video previews.”