Items tagged with Google Labs

Google is making some changes to Google Labs. As part of the company's efforts to prioritize product efforts, Google announced that it will "wind down" Google Labs. Google says this will result in ending Labs experiments in many cases. In other situations, Google plans to incorporate Labs products and technologies into other product areas. Google says it does not have plans to change in-product experimentation channels such as Gmail Labs or Maps Labs. More wood behind fewer arrows 7/20/2011 12:03:00 PM Last week we explained that we’re prioritizing our product efforts. As part of that process,... Read more...
Google recently added the ability to call phone numbers directly from Gmail. With this new feature, you won’t have to get out your phone and retype a number; instead, any phone number sent to you via email or chat message will appear as a link. Once you click the link, Gmail’s dialpad will automatically pop up. The feature uses Google’s voice and video plugin, so if you don’t already have it installed, you’ll be prompted to do so. Google also recognizes that people get a lot of email, and having a way to sort or filter that mail is really helpful. To that end, Google... Read more...
Google has a history of creating cool new features for many of its offerings and then letting them sit in testing stage for quite a while. The Offline feature of Gmail is no exception. Nearly a year after its initial launch, the Offline Gmail feature is finally graduating from Gmail Labs. After you install Offline Gmail, you'll be able to use the traditional Gmail interface to read and compose email messages, search, and organize messages even when you are away from an Internet connection. In addition, a Flaky Connection mode speeds up Gmail when your connection is unreliable. During the time a... Read more...
There are many times when we want to collect data and compare it with other data. For example, say you wanted to compare the new Core i7 processors to those that were previously available. With a new product from Google called Google Squared, you could search for Intel Core i7 processors and receive information regarding multiple Core i7 processors, such as clock speeds, prices, and other helpful specs in an easy to read table. At least, that’s how Google Squared works in theory. This new experimental search tool is still in the early stages. Even so, in our tests with Core i7 processors, Google... Read more...
Google employees have certainly put their “20% time” to good use creating lots of helpful features and additions to various Google products. In keeping with the company’s tradition of rolling out new features early in the development process, Google has added two new offerings to Google Labs: Similar Images and Google News Timeline. Similar Images If you’ve ever tried to find an image but weren’t sure how to describe it using words, Google’s new Similar Images feature will come in handy. This feature helps you find images that look like an existing result by clicking a link. This labs feature uses... Read more...