Google introduces new 'Discover' feature as Search turns 20

Joanna Estrada
September 25, 2018

A control icon on each Disocver card will also allow you to see more or less of that kind of content or topic.

You will be able to interact with the Discover feed in a few ways.

The fundamentals remain the same.

The "Collections" feature, set to arrive this fall, performs a bookmark-like function that lets you save and organize search results related to particular topics. If you like that topic you can tap on it to find out more about it, and underneath will be a whole slew of new articles and content to view, and Google will remember the topics you tap on to find more content in the future. You can click on any of the results and see relevant images. You'll continue to see content from a range of sources on any given topic, helping you explore new ideas surrounding your interests.

New types of content are coming to Discover, including more videos as well as evergreen things - articles that aren't new to the web, but are new to you. However, what if you don't use Google Assistant? "Suddenly, a travel article published three months ago is timely for you".

Rather than wait for your queries, Google's latest tool aims to answer your questions before you even ask, as the company introduces a raft of new features to mark 20 years of Search. The Discover icon will allow you to delve further into the suggested topic, which you can then opt to follow if you so choose. If you're learning to play guitar, for example, you might see novice content about learning chords. For instance, if you search for Zion National Park, you will see videos related to each attraction in the park. It's now capable of simultaneously displaying articles from sources in both English and Spanish, though the list of languages (and the regions where it is available) will expand as Google flips the server-side switch in more locations.

A rebrand of the Google Feed, Discover encourages exploration by suggesting topics you might like to know more about, based on your search history.

Basically, Google wants you to think of Discover as your new mobile homepage, whether you're accessing it from a browser or the main Google app.

Google Discover will be built into the home page on mobile devices, as well as the Google app, diving into the topics which interest you most to reveal new and relevant content. The feature is going live in the United States, but if it hasn't reached your region yet, keep your eyes peeled in the coming days and weeks.

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