Google Maps already provides sufficient information about nearby stores when you are looking for them. Today Google announced to show an enlarged view of the ads of local stores including links to contact those shops via phone. This change will make it easier for users to view and connect with the businesses they want.
It is finally here, Google Maps via a blog post announced the launch of its Hindi version on Tuesday. The search engine giant informed that the Hindi version will be available on desktop as well as Android devices of versions 4.3 and above. Hindi speakers will now be able to see the names of cities, important roads, localities, routes along with schools and public parks in Hindi. Now, if a user searches for Qutub Minar in Delhi or The Taj Mahal in Agra in Google Maps, the names will be displayed both in Hindi and English.
Those using rich snippets to markup their videos will now want to cross check whether Google is still showing them. SEER Interactive first reported the drop by sharing a screen shot comparing the search results of July 11 with July 16. The July 11 search results had 10 videos from 10 different domains whereas the search results on July 16 had 5 different videos from 3 domains.
Google Alerts has been redesigned with a brand new user interface. The new Google Alerts includes a search box, followed by current alerts and ends with suggested alerts. For managing an alert, users are given a revised interface with the same old functionality but a new preview option.
Google has added new translation tools, making it even easier for the users. You can now edit translation search terms, change languages, or hear the translations directly within search.
As @WilliamHarvey tipped, Google now displays a quick search option for choosing the languages or entering text through a dynamic knowledge graph box as displayed in the screen shot below
Google has updated its robots.txt tool in Webmaster Tools to make it easier to maintain and make robots.txt files.
Now Webmasters can see the robots.txt file and even test new URLs to check whether they're disallowed for crawling. The new tool will also highlight a specific directive that led to the final decision to guide your way through complicated directives. Webmasters can now test and make changes in the file by simply uploading the new version of the file to their server to make the changes take effect before making the file live.
Google announced in the Webmaster Central Blog, it will now indicate users when pages which may not be supported by their devices are detected. For example, Adobe Flash is not supported on Android versions 4.1 and higher and on iOS devices, from now onward a page with mostly Flash content will appear like this in the search engine result page:
The updated version of Google’s Search Quality Evaluation Guide has leaked once again, giving more details on how Google determines quality. The latest version (version 5.0) includes updated information on expertise, authority, trust and reputation and how Google analyzes them while rating websites and pages.
Google has created a new form for the public through which they can give their feedback on the implementation of the Right to be Forgotten law in Europe.
After the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union, allowing people to request the removal of their personal information from search results, Google has been receiving removal requests everyday on content including serious criminal records, embarrassing photos, negative press stories etc.
Google announced in the Webmaster Central Blog, it is introducing the Language Targeting feature in International Targeting section of the Webmaster Tools to make debugging rel-alternate-hreflang annotations easier. The new feature identifies two common problems with hreflang annotations: