Google desktop search borrows from Bing with Discover-like maps

Source: Babu Mohan/Android Central

The Google search page on desktop seems to be getting a new feature in the form of widgets, but don’t expect anything like the Discover feed on the best Android phones.

9to5Google noticed that the widgets appear on some of their accounts, sitting at the bottom of the search home page. The widgets form a row and seem to cover different topics per card, such as weather, trending news, “what to watch”, Covid information, etc.

It looks like hovering over one will expand it to show more information, while clicking on the widget will open a results page. Below the widgets, Google shows your location, a notice that the information shown is based on past activity, and a far-right toggle to hide content in case you’d rather the widgets not clutter your page. research.

According to 9to5, the number of widgets that appear depends on the size of your screen, and there’s no way to browse the others without having a larger screen.

It seems that the cards are not yet widely available at the moment, with only a few 9to5Google accounts and android font showing them. So far no one has noticed them on Android Central.

The new widgets are a bit like the Bing desktop experience (yes, some of us still use Bing), which features a row of cards you can scroll through and even minimize. Scrolling vertically on the page will also bring up more cards similar to Microsoft Start, which is essentially Redmond’s version of the Discover feed.

For now, it’s unclear whether Google is actually planning to extend its widgets to everyone, or if it will eventually allow users to scroll through content.