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Google Circle to Search may soon solve this frustrating problem- Check details

Google is bringing improvements and new features to the AI-based Circle to Search feature. Know what was highlighted in the Made by Google Podcast.

| Updated on: Apr 22 2024, 09:37 IST
From Google Pixel 8a to Android 15, what to expect at Google I/O 2024
Google Circle to Search may soon solve this frustrating problem
1/5 Google I/O 2024 time and place: Google has announced that its annual developer conference will kick off on May 14 at 10:30 PM IST or 10:00 AM PT. If last year's trend continues, it is likely to be held at the Shoreline Amphitheater at the Google HQ in Mountain View, California. (Google)
Google Circle to Search may soon solve this frustrating problem
2/5 1. Artificial intelligence: During this year's conference, artificial intelligence (AI) could yet again take center stage, especially after Google already made several major AI announcements this year including Gemini and Gemma, its families of Large Language Models (LLMs). (Google)
Google Circle to Search may soon solve this frustrating problem
3/5 2. Google Pixel 8a: Google is also likely to showcase its upcoming affordable smartphone, the Pixel 8a. It will be the latest entry into the Google Pixel 8 series which already has the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. In January, an alleged Pixel 8a retail box was spotted online which hints at a Pixel 8-esque design of the rumoured smartphone. (Representative Image) (Shaurya Tomer/HT Tech)
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4/5 Android 15: The Android 14 rollout began last year and more and more devices are getting it. What does this mean? We could potentially see some Android 15-related unveilings or announcements at Google I/0 2024, especially now that the Preview Phase 1 seems to have kicked off. (Unsplash)
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5/5 Other announcements: Apart from this, Google could also make announcements related to its other services including Gmail, Photos, Maps and Workspace. (Unsplash)
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Google to prevent accidental triggering of the Circle to Search feature. (Samsung)

Samsung in partnership with Google announced the Circle to Search feature with the Galaxy S24 series. Now the feature is available on several flagship devices, but users have reported some concerns about the feature. In the Made by Google podcast, it was highlighted that users have been sending feedback about the innovative feature being accidentally triggered even when it is not in use. Therefore, Google will soon be bringing an improved version of its artificial intelligence (AI)-based Circle to Search feature. It is reported that the company is currently working on improving the feature.

What is Google's Circle to Search feature?

The Circle to Search feature is a new feature announced in 2023 which enables users to conduct Google searches by circling, highlighting, or tapping on the object displayed on the screen. This feature reduces the hassle of switching between different apps to find the pair of jeans you saw on social media, or you simply want to find the meaning of a word you read. However, it has been reported that the Circle to Search feature is being accidentally triggered by users.

How Google will prevent the accidental triggering of the Circle to Search feature

In the recent Made by Google Podcast, Product Manager Erin Lynch and Director of Product Management Alistair Pott highlighted the user concerns about the Circle to Search feature. The duo mentioned that the feature is sensitive to touch and getting triggered by a simple long press on the navigation bar or the home button, creating some major problems. Lynch said, “We still have further to go, and we're working a lot on making sure it's triggered when you want. It's not triggered when you don't want.” However, the timeless for when a new update will be rolled out was not confirmed.

Furthermore, it was also confirmed that the Google Lens integration with the Circle to Search feature is coming. In the podcast, the duo said, “We're bringing lens and search together more. I'm really excited about our actually merging of both the search result page with the lens result page. And that's going to be rolling out over many, many months.” The integration will allow users to conduct visual searches with improved results.

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First Published Date: 22 Apr, 09:37 IST