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Google's mobile app answers your complex questions


Google's mobile search app just got much better at handling the sort of detailed, nuanced questions you'd ask a real human. The Android and iOS software now does more to gauge the true intent of a question, including multi-layered questions that would previously have thrown it off -- ask for the population of a country in a specific year and you'll get the exact number you wanted. The app also understands superlatives like "biggest" or "smallest," and it knows how to deal with ordered items (say, the tallest buildings in the US). Google is quick to admit that its upgraded engine still makes mistakes, but it's good enough that you can expect useful results whether your requests are very specific or slightly fuzzy.

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