The Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be opening soon, and Google is rolling out a host of new search features to make it easier for fans to keep up with the action. The 2016 games will see Google include additional schedules, medal counts, and results in search results for anything to do with the Olympics; while also including tournament highlights on Youtube.
Google searches for “Olympics” on Android devices will also provide an option to turn on notifications for the games. This will allow Google to directly push results and Olympic news to its Android users; without the need for them to visit additional sites or perform searches.
Youtube will also be providing some coverage of the 2016 games with its own twist. The streaming platform has flown 15 of its top content creators to Brazil to give viewers a taste of what it’s like to be in the country for the celebration of sporting achievement. Of course, it helps that Youtube is the official broadcaster for the Olympics in 60 countries.
Street View in Google Maps completes Google’s Rio Olympics hub by providing 360-degree views of the stadiums and locations where the games are being held. Naturally, the images were taken before people were allowed into the venues; and it is a little odd to see empty stadiums. Viewers who get bored should probably use Street View to take a look around Rio de Janeiro itself, which has a lot more things to see.