Google has recently rolled out its latest feature to the search app on mobile web, Android and iOS that would not show multiple links to a query if it could be answered by a direct result for faster search experience.
The feature has been silently rolled out by Google and users are already seeing it on in their search results. For this, the tech giant has decided to hide all search results, altogether, from below its own answer to certain queries. Instead, Google also shows for its users an “Show all results” link at the bottom of the same results page. The tech giant added that this custom page is shown only when it has high confidence and mostly when the results are absolute in nature.
Direct search results on Google Search are of course not new to the platform. Back in this March itself, Google Search had started showing answers for certain queries, without displaying the Web search results. However, this feature was soon removed citing issues with accuracy. Google has now gone ahead and officially rolled out direct results widely.
In its statement to Search Engine Land, Google confirmed the development.,thus adding, “As always, our goal with search is to help people quickly find the most relevant information. For queries where we have extremely high confidence that a user is seeking a calculation, unit conversion or local time, we will show a single result to improve load time on mobile. Since our initial experiment in February, we worked to remove ads and improve the triggering quality for this experience to be sure that we’re serving users what they’re looking for, and we will still provide the option to tap to see more results.”
Initially, it has been confirmed that Google Search indeed shows only answers for queries like “time in India”, conversions like “1 kg to lbs”, and maths problems like “5+5”. An additional tab is shown below the answer, which lets users add a question of their choice to allow online publishers to get back to them with an answer.
The Search Engine Land report notes that some of the query results have been tweaked slightly. For instance, if users search for the phrase, “time in new york”, it would show all top results considering some users might be wanting to search for The New York Times portal.