If you still think Google Search is just a search engine, you seriously need to wake up. There are so many things that Google Search can do beyond just search, and some of them, I’ve come to find that I almost can’t live without. I thought I’d share 5 of my most used with you.
NB: All screenshots are taken from the Stock Browser and Dolphin Browser for Android. Appearances and interfaces may differ on other browsers (Opera Mini) and OSes (iOS, WP8 etc)
I can’t remember the last time I installed a dictionary app on my phone – I don’t need it. If I ever need to do a quick word check, I just enter define: word into the Google Search widget. Quicker than having to load any app.
Typing in time city gives you the accurate time for any city in the world. Very useful for when I’m following up on an international event, or when I just want to decide if it’s a good time to call or text that friend who lives in a different time zone.
I find Google search very sufficient for my currency conversion needs. If I need to estimate how much something I saw on an international website would cost in Naira (pre-artificial-inflation of course), I just type in amount original currency code in ngn (it goes both ways). 45 usd in ngn will convert 45 US Dollars to Naira. You can find a full list of all currency codes here.
Search Anything on Your Phone (Android only)
You can actually use the Google Search widget on your homescreen to find anything on your phone. Yes, anything. Just key in first few letters of that contact, app, note, file you’re looking for and it will show up in your suggestions.
Some apps do not show their files by default though, so you have to enable them in the Google Search settings.
I can’t remember when last I used an actual calculator. Google can calculate just about anything – from simple arithmetic operations (using +, /, * and -), to complex ones (sqrt, expo, cos, sin, etc), and even to plotting graphs, Google has got you covered.
How about this for fun? – (sqrt(cos(x))*cos(200x)+sqrt(abs(x))-0.7)*(4-x*x)^0.01, sqrt(9-x^2), -sqrt(9-x^2)
There are many other cool ways you can use Google Search but I find these 5 very relevant and essential to my daily needs. How do you use Google Search? Are there any other features of Google Search that you absolutely cannot do without?