Thanks to a new software update, Google for iOS now displays animated GIFs in search results. There are also other tweaks, which offer more improvements following the recent “Ok, Google” voice prompt upgrade.
In order to watch animated GIFs, users simply have to click the images in the search results window. By tapping and enlarging the GIFs, the animation will soon start playing within the app.
This has been a highly-anticipated feature for quite a long while, given that animated GIFs have become extremely popular for effectively representing various reactions or emotions.
Photos or words are much more static, whereas a GIF can paint a much more vivid picture, and convey meaning more accurately.
There are GIFs for almost every situation or mood, and a growing number of websites have improved support for such file formats. Animations of this kind can be found on Facebook, on numerous image-hosting platforms, on message boards etc.
On Google, animated GIFs had been limited until now just for Google+ users who activate Google Photos automatic back-up and sync. Now, however, version 9.0 of the Google of iOS app will be making this feature widely available.
Another newly-introduced Google functionality displays map results inside the app when users search for an address. Users can save time and clicks, and the search process becomes much faster and more comfortable.
In addition, reviews can be written regarding local establishments, by clicking a link located at the top of the results page. This way, customers will be able to rate their favorite and least favorite restaurants, movie theaters, pubs, adventure parks etc.
They will also have the chance to post photographs to illustrate their experience in a more evocative manner. This new upgrade is meant to turn the app into a much worthier replacement for the traditional web browser, in order to make it more popular among users.
For those who are interested in using this new software, Google for iOs version 9.0 can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store. The program is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, and it requires iOS 7 or later versions in order to run smoothly.
Google has also recently revamped it YouTube App for iOS systems, and now allows users to edit videos by splicing them or adding filters and soundtracks before posting them online.
Also, the sidebar menu has been discarded, and now subscriptions, favorite channels and recommended videos can be accessed by swiping between the pages.
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