All the best way again in 2013, Google launched a nifty little characteristic in its search engine software that had nothing to do with search in any respect: a timer. All customers needed to do was search for something like “14 minute timer” or “timer till 2pm” and Google would generate a widget and start the countdown robotically. Individuals had been already spending a great deal of time on Google at that time, it might need properly made sense to let folks preserve monitor of it there. Effectively, now that timer appears to have run out of time, not less than on desktop.
You’ll be able to nonetheless give your cellphone a voice command (both by Search or Google Assistant) to set up a timer and it will do it. However coming into a textual content command on both cell or desktop to set a timer simply will not work anymore — customers are primarily handled to YouTube outcomes as a substitute.
A Hacker Information person made point out of it in the present day, however it appears SERoundTable caught wind of this alteration ten days in the past by the Deccan Herald. I solely make be aware of this analysis thread simply because it is fairly telling of the obsolescence of a Google Search-based timer (or stopwatch, remember that it might depend up as properly!) since we’ve different methods to get from nowhere close to our clock app to our clock app and immediately set it to depend in the direction of wherever we would like it to go.
Extra importantly today, we would like these timers (and the reminder they’re supposed to face for) to be obtainable wherever we would like them. That is been a problem when we’ve so many units on so many software program platforms today, however not less than there’s some hope that Google Assistant can be constructing bridges to cross the gaps quickly. It is likely to be coming in a Pixel Characteristic Drop quickly sufficient.
We have reached out to Google for remark. We’ll see if anybody over there takes the time to answer and replace this story after they do.