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Google Implements a Calculator in Searches

By - Source: The Verge | B 19 comments

Google's implemented a calculator as a part of a search function...

Google's implemented a 34-button calculator as a part of its search engine functions. Now, if you're sans calculator or just feeling lazy, Googling simple arithmetic problems won't just yield you the answer, but the answer punched into a fully-functioning calculator.

While the calculator isn't fancy enough to replace Wolfram Alpha when doing higher-level mathematics, it's definitely a nifty tool to use. The calculator's also been implemented on Google's mobile search engine, where the calculator is as smooth and easy to use as an installed calculator app on a smartphone.

The calculator seems to be a part of Google's Knowledge Graph initiative, which the company just launched last month to make web searches for users much more in-depth and intuitive.


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    joebob2000 , July 30, 2012 2:08 PM
    Finally, Start > Run > Calc is obsolete! From now on it's Start > Firefox > Google.com!
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    atikkur , July 30, 2012 2:46 PM
    you can also start-microsoft excel-type your formula
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    ddpruitt , July 30, 2012 3:04 PM
    Way to do research there.

    Google has had a calculator for years. I know cause I used it many a time. Only difference now is that it has a keypad.
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    danwat1234 , July 30, 2012 3:06 PM
    Or start > Virtual Ti
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    jn77 , July 30, 2012 4:02 PM
    I wonder, with the power of Googles data centers behind the search, how far you could calculate Pie out to?
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    cee2cee , July 30, 2012 4:04 PM
    ddpruittWay to do research there.Google has had a calculator for years. I know cause I used it many a time. Only difference now is that it has a keypad.


    You don't get it, the keypad is exactly why it's news.
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    apone , July 30, 2012 4:18 PM
    What? No Derivative or Integral calculation buttons? LOL
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    apone , July 30, 2012 4:19 PM
    What? No Derivative or Integral calculation buttons? LOL
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    Lord Captivus , July 30, 2012 5:22 PM
    This is a breakthrough of epic proportions!!
    Is this patent pending?
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    freggo , July 30, 2012 5:36 PM
    Actually you could just type an equation or conversion in to the search bar and get a result. That worked for years.
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    blazorthon , July 30, 2012 5:57 PM
    freggoActually you could just type an equation or conversion in to the search bar and get a result. That worked for years.


    Yes, but this might be very slightly more convenient for what is included in the calculator.
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    ben850 , July 30, 2012 7:22 PM
    I will find it hard to deviate from: Windows+R, "calc" :p 
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    Anonymous , July 30, 2012 7:24 PM
    I think I'll continue to use Wolfram Alpha. Thanks, but no thanks.
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    teh_chem , July 30, 2012 8:20 PM
    Can't wait to find out how many times people enter 8008135!
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    husker , July 30, 2012 9:28 PM
    Off topic a little:
    One of the things that has always driven me crazy is how the standard windows calculator will give different results than the scientific calculator. This is is because the simple calculator ignores the order of operations. If you enter the following calculation in both calculators, you get different results:

    3+2*4= results in 11 for scientific calculator.
    3+2*4= results in 20 for standard calculator.

    Drives me crazy that such a thing should be allowed to occur!
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    eddieroolz , July 30, 2012 9:37 PM
    Or you know, you can use that feature built into Windows. Or Wolfram Alpha.
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    teh_chem , July 30, 2012 9:51 PM
    Quote:
    Off topic a little:
    One of the things that has always driven me crazy is how the standard windows calculator will give different results than the scientific calculator. This is is because the simple calculator ignores the order of operations. If you enter the following calculation in both calculators, you get different results:

    3+2*4= results in 11 for scientific calculator.
    3+2*4= results in 20 for standard calculator.

    Drives me crazy that such a thing should be allowed to occur!


    Why? A standard calculator doesn't have real-time memory for storing an input. You can't expect a standard calculator to consider order of operations because it calculates the operation immediately, without the knowledge of what comes next. Is it really too much to ask that the users applies the knowledge of order of operations?
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    ravewulf , July 31, 2012 12:22 AM
    ben850I will find it hard to deviate from: Windows+R, "calc"

    To save an additional keystroke you could do Windows Key "calc" as it is the first search result
    Also, "Run" has been integrated into the search box, so you can add command line arguments/switches
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    frozenlead , July 31, 2012 3:49 AM
    I still keep my TI-89 at my desk at work.