Google is rolling out “tappable shortcuts” in the US, which began on March 21, and it is now possible to find information on the weather, sports, entertainment and food via a quick tap on the home screen of its search app or mobile site.

With these shortcuts, the need to search will be eliminated, and will provide quick answers around sports scores, nearby restaurants, up-to-the minute weather updates and entertainment information.

“The Google search box is great when you’re looking for a specific answer, but there are also moments when you just want to catch up on the latest for topics of interest,” writes Google’s vice president of product manager, Tamar Yehoshua, on the Google Search Blog.

Google is saying that users will have access to even more shortcuts, like tranlation tools, travel info, currency converter, nearby attractions and more.

The following video was shared on the Google Search blog, and gives an overview of how the shortcuts work:

In order to gain access to these new features, Google says search app users will need to have the most updated version of the app installed.

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