On Chrome for Android, by simply selecting it, it’s all too easy to get more information about a word or phrase on a website, then open the latest on-screen Google Search panel Spotted by Chrome Story, this feature’s similar but more powerful “Quick Answers” version is being developed for Chrome OS, similar to Look Up on macOS.
On Chrome OS, Google Search and the Google Assistant power Quick Answers, and while it’s a lot of work-in-progress, there’s enough to glean how it’s going to work when it arrives. First, like many other features of Chrome, it will initially only be available in chrome:/flags behind a flag.
When enabled, you can pick any text or images in the Chrome OS, then right-click to get some related quick answers. By default, Chrome OS simply passes the text and images off to Google Search and returns some relevant search data.
The only Quick Answers developed as of now are unit conversions. For example, highlighting the text “23 cm” and right-clicking Quick Answers will probably return “9.05512.” To be sure, it’s too early to know, but the result may even look visually like the answer card displayed on Google Search, similar to how a dictionary definition and other data can appear on Look Up on macOS.
Ultimately, as the Quick Answers that are available become more varied and complex, Chrome OS will use additional information to help Google know what you might want. If you have the Google Assistant enabled to view the contents of your screen and give it permission, Quick Answers will use the rest of the page to determine the context of your search.
As this feature is being developed just now, and the Chrome 80 “freeze feature” date has already passed, we probably won’t see an early version of Quick Answers coming until Chrome OS 81.