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Google posts Chrome 28 beta, integrates services into search results

updated 07:30 pm EDT, Thu May 23, 2013

Main, Gmail searches pull results from other Google apps

Google has released a beta version of Chrome 28 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The most significant change is in the Windows release, where a native notification center for apps and extensions has been turned on. These can include not only text and images, but optional actions such as making a phone call or sending email. Notifications can appear even when Chrome is closed. Google is promising Mac notifications "soon."

The Android beta incorporates a new Google Translate bar, more mobile-friendly error pages, and fullscreen support on tablets. Phone users should now see a "+" button in the toolbar for creating more tabs. When using the app's data compression option, a new graph shows estimated bandwidth savings.

Separate of Chrome, Google has integrated more of its own services into search results. When using the main Google search tool, people can now look for photos they and their friends have uploaded to Google+ by adding "my photos" or "____'s photos" in front of a query. Image recognition is used to identify photos with relevant content; Google suggests trying keywords like "food," "flowers," and "sunsets" to see working examples.

US Gmail users should soon be able to see Calendar events and Google Drive files when searching from within Gmail. The option has actually been available in test form for months, but is finally being rolled out to the public "over the coming week," according to Google.

by MacNN Staff



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