It’s amazing how advanced Google Search has grown over the years. From text queries to voice input to Google Lens, the advancement of search technology has been tremendous.
But there is more on the horizon. At Google I/O 2022, the tech giant previewed the latest improvements to Google Search, namely Multisearch Near Me and Scene Exploration.
Multisearch Near Me complements Multisearch – a feature launched in April that allows you to combine multiple input types in a single search. Remember to point Google Lens at a dress to take a photo of it and type “green” to find the same design in a different color.
As you can probably see, Multisearch Near Me filters results that you can find or buy nearby. Just add “near me” to your search to take advantage of this opportunity.
The mouth-watering sample shown at Google I/O featured a photo of a tasty-looking dish that was found online. Google’s technology was shown not only to identify the dish (Japchae, if you’re curious), but also to highlight nearby restaurants that serve it.
Multisearch Near Me will be available worldwide in English this year. Support for more languages will be added over time.
We recently launched multisearch in the Google app, which allows you to search by taking a photo and asking a question at the same time. Later this year you can take a photo or screenshot and add “near me” to get local results. #GoogleIOpic.twitter.com/F2kl0m9nYt
— Google (@Google) May 11, 2022
In other search news, Google gave an example of Scene Exploration – an extension of Multisearch that can, you guessed it, handle searches about anything you move your camera over.
Both Multisearch Near Me and Scene Exploration are part of Google’s efforts to make search more natural, effortless, accessible and powerful. With more than 8 billion searches handled by Google Lens alone – a threefold increase from last year – we can only see that over time Google’s search capabilities are increasingly integrated into everyday life.
Scene exploration in action, shown at Google IO 2022