Google Search Gets a New Voice Enable Scientific Calculator
July 25, 2012
By Ashok Bindra, TMCnet Contributor
Although, Google (News - Alert) search has featured a built-in calculator function for sometimes now, the search engine has updated this calculator. The search engine has upgraded the calculator into a fully functional 34-button scientific calculator.
Earlier when a user would enter an equation, for instance 1+1, Google would simply display the sum above the search result. Now, when that equation is entered into the search bar, the answer pops up along with the fully functional calculator. As per this report, this update has been extended to mobile browsers as well as voice search.
The report shows that the updated calculator is a full-power, voice-enabled scientific calculator with nearly all the functions that you would normally see in a real world hardware model. Unlike the hardware, the online calculator does not require batteries.
According to a Google product manager, the scientific functions appear when the phone is rotated to be viewed in a landscape mode, wrote TechCruch writer Matt Burns.
“This calculator even works with Desktop Voice Search,” wrote Burns. Simply click the little mic icon and state the equation; it works with both “what is the square root of 30?” and “square root of 30,” according to Burns.
Meanwhile, Google recently disclosed financial results for the quarter ending June 30, 2012. The results show that Google had a strong quarter with 21 percent year-on-year revenue growth. The search engine giant said that this quarter was special because Motorola (News - Alert) became part of the Google family.
In fact, Google completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. on May 22, 2012. The assets and liabilities of Motorola were included in Google Consolidated Balance Sheet as of June 30, 2012, and the operating results of Motorola were included in Google Consolidated Statement of Income from the acquisition date through June 30, 2012.
CFO Patrick Pichette noted, “We can expect Motorola to continue to show some accounting variability, as is typical with the closing of such large transactions.”
Google reported consolidated revenue of $12.21 billion for the first quarter, an increase of 35 percent compared to the second quarter of 2011.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman