Google is adding website name and favicon to mobile search

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Credit: https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/22/18635774/google-mobile-search-redesign-favicons-website-names

Google Search results on mobile will soon start displaying a website’s icon as well as well as name atop the title of the specific page you are searching for. The design is expected to begin rolling out to users on mobile in the next couple of days. A Google spokesperson said the update will be made available first on mobile before web and the app itself.

From what we have seen of the new design so far, Search on mobile now looks pretty much like a news feed. The fact that users will now start seeing sources of sites will further add some credibility to the result being displayed. In this era of fake news, adding sources makes to search result makes a lot of sense.

In a blog post, the search engine behemoth said:

“As we continue to make new content formats and useful actions available—from buying movie tickets to playing podcasts—this new design allows us to add more action buttons and helpful previews to search results cards, all while giving you a better sense of the web page’s content with clear attribution back to the source.”

What do you make of the latest changes? You can share your views with us via the comment box below.

Earlier in May, Google launched auto-delete controls for location history and web/app activity logs. When the feature is finally rolled out, users will be able to select one of two windows-three months or 18 months, which specifies exactly how long they would like to retain data. This can be done from within the Google Account dashboard on both mobile and the web, where a dropdown menu allows them to choose any of the two options. The auto-delete setting will cover services like Discover on Android, Maps, Search, and Google Play. According to Google, any older data will be deleted on an ongoing basis.

Data can make Google products more useful for you … [but] we’ve heard your feedback that we need to provide simpler ways for you to manage or delete it,” Google product managers Marlo McGriff and David Monsees said in a blog post. “You should always be able to manage your data in a way that works best for you — and we’re committed to giving you the best controls to make that happen.”

The feature is one that is worth a commendation considering how important it is to have your data protected. A feature that lets you control how much of your private data is being used online will always gladden the heart of everyone.

Lately, Facebook has been battling with some issues that have to do with privacy, and this one coming at this time for Google users, will be a game-changer.


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Author: Ola Ric

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