Google will now display common health conditions and relevant medical facts as information cards in Hindi or English when a user queries for symptoms or health concerns through its search engine, reports TechCrunch. The feature will be available across all Google search platforms including smartphones, PCs and tablets and on its search app in both iOS and Android.
Google aggregates more than 400 health conditions and will display them through cards when a user queries for an illness or a symptom. The cards will also include relevant images, and can be downloaded as a PDF. Google will display ‘lite’ versions of the card if a user is found to be having a limited or slow internet connection.
In February last year, the search giant added healthcare information feature to its knowledge graph—Google’s semantic-search base, which shows organic search results along with a summarized information card just before the list of results.
One search to rule them all: Google has been increasingly integrating various little features in its search to try and ensure users don’t have to leave the search page at all. For example, yesterday, Google and FreemantleMedia Asia collaborated to let fans of shows like Idols, Got Talent and The X Factor vote for people they support across Asia from Google Search.
The company has also been offering flight timing, statuses, and even booking availability, right from its search engine. In January, it introduced a new feature that let users search, compare and book flights via its search engine. Earlier in June 2013, it also started offering flight status and timings on its search engine for Indian flights. It also offers features like definitions, a calculator, map routes, answers to random questions and even recipes straight from search.
Other developments from Google in India
-In January, the Indian Railways and Google had deployed their first free public WiFi service starting with Mumbai Central. Google had announced its tie-up with the Indian Railways and RailTel to provide high-speed WiFi coverage in 400 stations across India in September last year.
-In December 2015, Google’s balloon powered Internet service Project Loon got an in-principle approval from the Indian government for running a pilot in India.
-In October 2015, Google launched a new public transport app called Delhi Public Transport Offline, that lets users check direction and timetable information about New Delhi metros and buses
-In the same month, it launched a new accelerator feature called Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), which helps speed up load times by plugging a piece of Google code into publishers’ websites.
-In September, it introduced a voice typing and input feature for Google Docs on Chrome browsers in Hindi and 39 other languages.