Google has officially rolled out a new tab-based local panel with quick access to reviews

After a month of testing, Google has confirmed with Search Engine Land that they have fully rolled out a new user experience for the local panel in the mobile search results. You can now quickly toggle between the local business’s overview details and the reviews for that business.
There should be two buttons, one for “overview” and one for “reviews.”
Here is an animated GIF in action showing how it works:

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Is Google testing its own jobs search engine?

Google seems to be testing a new search feature. This one is designed to help searchers find new job openings. Dan Shure spotted this test for queries on Google that include [jobs online], [data entry jobs online], [newbury street jobs] and so on. Google shows job listings and takes you into what appears to be their very own job search portal to drill down deeper.
Here are some screen shots of the job search results in the core web results:

After you click on “more jobs,” it takes you into this jobs-specific search results interface that gives you additional filters for job categories, titles, dates, types, state, city, company type and employer. The interface looks a little bit like the local results interface, with the listings down the left-hand side and results in the middle.

This story is developing, and we will update it as we have more information from Google. As we wrote earlier today, Google performed 9,800 live

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Google testing ‘tags’ label in search results snippets

Google has confirmed to Search Engine Land that they are experimenting with a new feature in the search results. I happened to stumble upon a search results snippet in Google that showed “tags” within the snippet. The unusual part of this was that the “tags” didn’t offer any additional functionality.
Google would list “tags” relevant to the page content in the actual search results listing snippets. You were not able to filter by those tags, click on them or anything. It just listed “tags” in the snippets without showing you anything more.
Here is a screen shot:

Google confirmed this was a real experiment but would not explain what they are for and how they should work.
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Google ‘related picks’ now showing under some top stories carousels

Google has added a new feature to the top stories carousel named “related picks.” Related picks may show up under the top stories AMP carousel, and aims at giving searchers another way to expand their queries to see even more top story content.
If you search on mobile for a news-oriented keyword phrase, the top stories AMP carousel will likely show up. Then below that carousel, there may be a new section named “related picks.” Clicking on the phrases below the related picks will expand to show you more top stories carousel items.
Here is a picture of the feature collapsed:

When you click on one, it expands and shows you more top stories:

Hat tip to @glenngabe for spotting this.
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Google brings back emojis in the search results snippets for relevant queries

Google has confirmed with Search Engine Land that they have brought the ability for emojis to be displayed in the search results listing page.
In June 2015, Google removed emojis from showing up in the results after promising to disable them over webmaster abuse.
Well, I guess Google had a change of heart and wants them to show up for queries related to emojis.
A Google spokesperson told us they added it back when emojis are relevant. “We have added a feature to our snippets to feature emojis where relevant, useful and fun,” Google told us. “You’ll see them crop up across various snippets moving forward,” Google said.
So if you search in Google for emojis, Google will show emojis. For example, my query for [google display emojis] has search results that display emojis in the listings:

But if I search for [google panda], our [panda page] is listed, but even though the title tag has a panda emoji, it doesn’t show

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Google’s ‘people also ask’ search feature officially gains dynamic loading

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In 2015, Google launched a feature named people also ask that inserted a box of additional query expanders into the main Google search results. Since then, Google tested showing more of these query expanders as the user clicked on them.
That dynamic loading “people also ask” feature is now officially live in both the desktop and mobile Google search results. Google’s Satyajeet Salgar announced it on Twitter over the weekend and shared a GIF of how it works on mobile:

If you’re in the US and like exploring topics, there’s a nifty feature for you to try with “People also ask” on Google. :-) pic.twitter.com/s2WtwyYvun
— Satyajeet Salgar (@salgar) February 10, 2017

Satyajeet said that this only works in the US and is fun for those who like to “exploring topics.”
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Google local knowledge panel testing promotion box

Google seems to be testing a new box in the local knowledge box panel that allows Google My Business owners to post deals and promotions below their core listing. This was spotted by Mike Blumenthal and you can see it yourself for a search on [theme park collection orlando fl].
Here is a screen shot that shows “latest from the owner” followed by a message about saving 10 percent, then with a “learn more” button that takes the searcher to driving directions on Google Maps.

This looks similar to the Google Posts feature Google launched a while back, but I doubt this is the same platform.
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Google begins rolling out a new desktop search user interface

Google has confirmed with Search Engine Land that they have begun rolling out a new design and look for their desktop search results page. The new design has a more boxy look resembling a mobile user interface.
I believe the official rollout began yesterday, but I spotted tests of this new design a few weeks ago.
Here is a screen shot of the new design:

It is unclear how long this new design will take to full roll out to all searchers, but I am personally able to replicate this across dozens of desktop browsers and operating systems.
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Google knowledge panel now showing videos from the web carousel

Google is now showing videos in the knowledge panel. The videos are showing up below the knowledge panel and they are titled “videos from the web.” The videos are related to the knowledge panel information that is triggered based on your query.
This was first spotted by @sergey_alakov. Here is his screen shot:

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Google testing image thumbnails in mobile search results again

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Google is testing showing image thumbnails in the mobile search results again. They did this back in December 2014, and we know Google is constantly testing user interfaces, so this should come as no surprise.
Dan Smullen shared a screen shot with us on Twitter showing this off. We can personally not replicate this, but here is that screen shot:

We have emailed Google for a comment about this, but we suspect it will be the line about Google constantly testing and experimenting with new features, layouts and designs.
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