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This article was published on May 27, 2015

Google can now answer your questions before you finish asking them

Google can now answer your questions before you finish asking them
Owen Williams
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Owen Williams

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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

Google’s instant search suggestions are about to get a better. An update, which is rolling out now, shows answers to short questions directly in the autocomplete options as you type them.

A query like “when did Hawaii become a state?” shows the answer in the suggestions dropdown. The change only appears to work with queries that have short answers, mainly related to dates.

It’s a subtle tweak but it save you from having to wait for the results page to load – perfect for your next pub quiz.

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The change appears to be rolling out slowly, with some people seeing it in the Chrome and Google apps for both iOS and Android.

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