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How Google autocomplete predictions are generated

October 8th, 2020

You come to Google with an idea of what you’d like to search for. As soon as you start typing, predictions appear in the search box to help you finish what you’re typing. These time-saving predictions are from a feature called Autocomplete, which we covered previously in this How Search Works series. In this post,…

Why is the sky orange? How Google gave people the right info

September 29th, 2020

On the morning of September 10, millions of people in Northern California woke up to an orange sky after wildfire smoke spread like a thick layer across the West Coast. It persisted for days, and it was the first time lots of people had ever seen anything like this. To understand what was happening, many…

Why keeping spam out of Search is so important

June 9th, 2020

When you come to Search with a query in mind, you trust that Google will find a number of relevant and helpful pages to choose from. We put a lot of time and effort into improving our search systems to ensure that’s the case. Working on improvements to our language understanding and other search systems…

A reintroduction to our Knowledge Graph and knowledge panels

May 20th, 2020

&Sometimes Google Search will show special boxes with information about people, places and things. We call these knowledge panels. They’re designed to help you quickly understand more about a particular subject by surfacing key facts and to make it easier to explore a topic in more depth. Information within knowledge panels comes from our Knowledge…