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Google announced today that it will bring its innovative AI research experience to the first countries outside the United States, starting with expansions in India and Japan. The new AI-powered search feature, also known as SGE (Search Generative Experience), will be available through Google Research laboratories In those markets, it will introduce a new feature aimed at making it easier to find information in public reviews powered by artificial intelligence.
First announced at this year’s Google I/O Developer conference in May, SGE brings a conversation mode to Google Search where you can ask Google questions about a topic and then have it return answers, similar to an AI-powered chatbot. In recent months, the company has updated the experience with support for videos, photos, local information and travel recommendations, as well as new tools to provide summaries, definitions and more assistance with programming-related queries.
It has also begun experimenting with ads that will be integrated alongside AI-generated responses, looking to capitalize on new real estate dedicated to the AI-driven chat experience.
With global expansion, SGE is allocated to newly supported regions.
In Japan, users will be able to use the generative AI in their local language, while in India it will support English and Hindi with language switching so users can switch back and forth between the two languages. It also adds voice input — which is common in India — so users can speak queries instead of typing them and then listen to the responses.
In both countries, search ads will continue to appear in personalized ad slots across the page.
Alongside these launches, SGE is introducing a new feature designed to make it easier for people to discover and visit web pages that support the information provided in AI responses.
Starting today, users will see a new arrow icon next to information in an AI-powered overview that they can click to see related web pages. This allows them to visit the AI information source directly where they can learn more about the answers to their questions. This will be rolled out first in the US, and will arrive in India and Japan in the following weeks.
The company notes that since launching SGE, it has found the feature to be more popular among younger users. Google said the highest satisfaction scores were among those between 18 and 24 years old, who like to ask their questions in a more conversational way.
Google also said people like being able to ask follow-up questions and says they now ask longer, more conversational questions in full sentences. This is a different experience from traditional Google searches where users simply type a few keywords to start a query.
Additionally, it claimed that people found native ads useful, but did not provide data on click-through rates.
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