Google Boosts Chrome's Web Search Suggestions on Mobile and Desktop

Google has announced a trio of new Chrome browser features for desktop and mobile that aim to provide more helpful suggestions when searching the web, even over poor data connections.

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On desktop, users who are signed into Chrome and open a new tab will now see suggestions in the search field related to their previous searches based on similar things others are looking for. For example, if you recently searched for "Japchae," you might see suggestions for other popular Korean dishes.

Elsewhere, Google says it has also improved image results. Previously, Chrome only displayed images for search suggestions in the address bar that matched a specific product users were looking for. Now on iOS and Android, Chrome will show images for broader shopping categories and products based on simple searches.

Lastly, Chrome on Android and iOS now has improved on-device capabilities that will give users search suggestions even when they have a poor network conntection. Google claims this will also mean more helpful suggestions when Incognito Mode is enabled.

Google says the three new features are now gradually being rolled out to Chrome users. The changes follow last week's launch of a new generative AI-based "Help me Write" feature that is available for Chrome browser for desktops.

Tags: Google, Chrome

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Skyscraperfan Avatar
16 weeks ago
Suggestions just annoy me. Please don't show me stuff before I actually search for it!
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MilaM Avatar
16 weeks ago
Seems to me like Google is preparing to place ads in the search bar.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dj64Mk7 Avatar
16 weeks ago

Seems to me like Google is preparing to place ads in the search bar.
Any time I see “suggestions” anywhere in a product, I’m reminding myself that the developer is using the guise of “giving consumers easier access” to sellout under the rug and begin surfacing whatever from the highest bidder.

It’s sad that such skepticism is necessary, but I guess it’s where tech is at.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nuff_said Avatar
16 weeks ago

I have to say I'm enjoying Bing. Still using chrome, google apps etc... but Microsoft is doing some good improvements
Bing reminds me of that kid in high school that the “cool kids” picked on but went on to become a better version of himself after high school. Yet, the “cool kids” only remember the high school version.
Bing is far from perfect but it’s still miles ahead of what it first was.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ApAx Avatar
16 weeks ago

Suggestions just annoy me. Please don't show me stuff before I actually search for it!
Agreed. I don't want to see what I've already seen. Show me results for what I am requesting in this moment.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
coffeemilktea Avatar
16 weeks ago
We really live in a time where Bing is a better (or at least, less annoying) search engine than Google now, huh? ?

Also, on iOS, I'd say Edge is a better browser since it has built-in adblocking, which mobile Chrome does not (for obvious reasons). On desktop, Firefox + Bing is the best (or perhaps least annoying) combination. ?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)