Google's SGE to Summarize Web Articles in the Chrome Browser

JJohn August 15, 2023 7:22 PM

Google's AI-powered Search Generative Experience (SGE) is introducing a feature to summarize online articles. Initially available on Android and iOS, the feature will soon be available on desktop versions of the Chrome browser.

SGE boosts summarization capabilities

Google's Search Generative Experience (SGE) is set to receive a significant upgrade. The AI-powered tool will soon have the ability to succinctly summarize web articles, extending its capabilities beyond simply summarizing search results. This new feature aims to take the user experience a step further, proving useful even after a user has clicked on a link.

Roll-out of feature underway

Google has begun to roll out this new feature as part of an 'early experiment' in its opt-in Search Labs program. Initially, the feature will be accessible through the Google app on Android and iOS devices. However, Google plans to introduce the feature to the desktop version of the Chrome browser shortly.

If users have access to the feature through the Google app on a mobile device, they will be able to view a set of AI-generated 'key points' from an article. To access this summary, users simply need to tap an icon located at the bottom of their screen.

Feature restricted to non-paywalled content

This summarization feature is designed to work exclusively on articles that are freely available to the public on the web. Google has clarified that the feature will not function on websites marked as paywalled by publishers, ensuring respect for paid content.

In addition to the summarization feature, Google is also working on several other enhancements to SGE. For instance, when using SGE for search queries related to subjects like science, economics, or history, users will be able to hover over certain words to access definitions or diagrams relevant to the topic.

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