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Chrome for Android begins to answer questions in search suggestions

Users can receive queries directly in Chrome's search box, such as weather details and other basic info.
September 16, 2014

OMGChrome has revealed a new (experimental) trick for those using Google Chrome on Android devices. The feature allows users to start typing and receive queries directly in the omnibox suggestions list, similar to auto-suggestions.

Basically this means you will not need to hit Go or scan a Google search list in order to get basic information like weather and historic dates. As OMGChrome notes, not every query will return a response and the feature is not currently enabled by default. For those curious, it can be turned on by following these instructions:

  • Go to chrome://flags in a new tab
  • Find the “Enable the Suggestions Service” flag
  • Tap on the drop down box
  • Set it to ‘Enabled’
  • Relaunch the browser when prompted.

It is unknown when the feature will be available to Chrome for Android users by default, or if at all will make the cut for general release. Those using using Google Now may not find this suggestion that helpful but it can still save you the trouble of switching apps or leaving the page.