Google Search has come a long way, and still the company continues to improve on the world’s largest database of answers to search queries. People can already do a lot of things separate from what the service is known for. Google has rolled out an even bigger feature to aid users when it comes to returning to recent activity. ‘Activity Cards’ is Google’s new addition to Search to better organize your lookups.
Activity cards according to Google, are designed to help you continue from where you left off. When you perform a search similar to a recent one, a “Your related activity” card might appear before the list of results. When you tap the card, you will be shown a list of articles previously clicked by you in the past as part of your previous query. Beneath that list, you will be shown old searches in a carousal that you can tap to reopen.
However, you will need to log into your Google account in order to be able to use the new activity cards:
“To help you with these ongoing search journeys, we’re launching new activity cards to help you pick up where you left off. If you’re logged into your Google account and search for topics and hobbies like cooking, interior design, fashion, skincare and beauty, fitness, photography and more, you may find an activity card at the top of the results page that provides easy ways to continue your exploration.”
Links to previously visited top pages along with searches you have done in the past will be made available to you under the new arrangement. This saves a lot of time, and helps you to get access to whatever information you are looking for without necessarily leaving your browser open.
You can mark a page to read or reference later just by touching and holding the link to quickly add items on your activity card to a collection. To access your collections, simply tap the menu on the top left of the Search page [on mobile web], or through the bottom bar of the Google app.
You can delete an item or turn off cards by tapping the 3-dot icon, which gives you control over what appears in your activity card. Activity cards has already rolled out to users in the US, and currently only available in English.
Last July, Google updated the way consumers discover events in Search by adding new features that can help them to personalize results. This will enable Google provide important information about events within users’ search results.
When you search for an event and tap on it, Google will present an overview that shows details that include ticket, cost, venue reviews, time, and location. The new feature gives you the option of either saving events for later, or clicking through to buy tickets via various vendors that have signed up with Google including Ticketmaster and StubHub.