Google Inc. said on Wednesday it was unifying its approach to Web search, combining its classic service with specialized searches ranging from news and images to videos.
Speaking to reporters at the company’s “Googleplex” headquarters, Marissa Mayer, Google vice president of search and user experience, said “Universal Search” would be available from Wednesday and improved over time.
Universal Search means that standard Google searches will draw results from separate Google properties that target information about books, local information, images, news, and video, Mayer said.
The combined search includes any site indexed by Google’s services. For example, it will include YouTube, Google Video and an independent video site, Metacafe.com.
Mayer said other bodies of information Google is working on making searchable on the Web will be included over time.