If you’re one of those who’ve used Google’s built-in timer or stopwatch, I’m afraid you’re not happy with the decision.
For years, Google has offered small tools and functions in the browser which are performed by specific searches. For example: when searching for “calculator”, the una widget will appear at the top and operations can be performed quickly. Something similar happens with “translator” or “time” queries, among many others that can be found.
But for some reason, Google has decided to remove two such tools from the browser. Which attracts attention, because according to what they say in Round tableboth functions were frequently used by a significant number of users.
These tools are timer and stopwatchtwo functions first introduced in the browser in 2013, which have now disappeared, and no longer appear when executing the corresponding request.
Goodbye Google Timer
Those who had never used this function before should know that thanks to it it was possible to establish a timer via a request to the browser, without the need to access a web page. Now when running the query “Set a timer for X minutes”, or simply “timer”, only related search results are displayed, including YouTube videos.
It is unclear why it was decided to remove both this tool and the stopwatch tool. However, this only affects Google search through the browser: if we ask Google to set a timer through the google assistant or of search-widget of Android, it will be possible to use this tool as usual.
It is also not excluded that Google will make improvements to both utilities, and that they may sooner or later return to the search engine. In any case, we will remain vigilant about any related changes.
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