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Find What You Need Faster in Updated Google App

Google is all about making it as easy as possible to get the answers you need. Along those lines, you now may be able to find the information you're looking for via the Google app without having to type anything into the search bar.

The Web giant today added a number of handy shortcuts to its app for Android and iOS and Google.com that surface local dining options, offer easy access to the weather, sports scores, TV listings, and more. To see what's available, just make sure your Google app is updated to the latest version then look for your shortcuts underneath the search box.

"The Google search box is great when you're looking for a specific answer, but there are also moments when you just want to catch up on the latest for topics of interest," Google's Vice President of Product Management Tamar Yehoshua wrote in a blog post. "Need to know whether to bring a raincoat tomorrow? Want the score to last night's basketball game? Looking for what's on TV tonight or who's nominated for best supporting actress? Shortcuts on Google will get you there."

For a peek at the new shortcuts, check out the video below.


Just tap on the entertainment shortcut, for instance, to see what's playing at your local theater or what's on TV. Looking for something to eat for lunch or dinner? Tap the eat & drink shortcut to view nearby dining options and recommendations. Yehoshua said this is "the easiest way to uncover nearby must-try spots while you're out and about."

The sports shortcut delivers the game times, scores, and news, and you can customize it for your favorite teams (plus the ones you root against). The weather tab displays hourly sky conditions, the chance of rain, severe weather alerts, and a detailed 10-day forecast.

Android users, meanwhile, have access to "dozens" of other shortcuts, including translate, nearby attractions, flights, hotels, an internet speed test, currency converter, and more. There's also shortcuts like tic-tac-toe, roll a die, animal sounds, solitaire, and Google favorite I'm feeling curious.

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