Google search bolsters its ability to understand more complex questions

Your queries to Google search can now use more complex phrases, superlatives, and time-specific references.

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Google wants you to talk to its search app like it’s just another human.

The company revealed several updates to its voice-search capabilities that allow you to ask questions like, “What was the Royals roster in 2013? or “What was the U.S. population when Bernie Sanders was born?”

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Google’s search app can now handle questions with more complexity.

It’s an improvement to the simple, one-step questions that we're used to making in voice search. On Android, this extends to a list of voice commands that can also power several different facets of your mobile device.

According to a blog post, Google says you’re able to use ordered items, superlatives, and particular points in time.

You can try out the new search capabilities, and maybe even find a question to stump Google with, from the app for Android and iOS.

The story behind the story: Voice search is an area where Google and others are pushing to improve their abilities. Microsoft’s Cortana and Hound from Soundhound are also elbowing for room in this space with their own apps. And of course iOS users have Siri, which handles both search and on-device voice commands.

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