Google Chrome’s Omnibar, the addressbar can work as a calculator too.
But those who tried it recently would’ve seen this nice little calculator instead of plain text results.
This is Google’s new Calculator Onebox. Onebox, you ask? Google is redefining how Google search results look like, step by step. They launched a new mobile weather OneBox and an updated unit conversion OneBox recently.
Since Google Chrome’s addressbar is directly linked to Google search, new features implemented on search will in a way become Chrome’s features too. The new Calculator is just an example.
Just type a query like [73-45] in the search box and you’ll see the new calculator with real buttons for digits, parentheses, arithmetic operations, trigonometric functions, exponential and logarithmic functions.
It’s worth noting that Google’s calculator doesn’t mimic a standard pocket calculator: you can enter a long expression with multiple operations and Google doesn’t display the result until you press the “=” button. This way, you can enter “3+3*3” and still get the proper result. Another thing to keep in mind is that you can’t press the “1” button and then the “sin” button to compute sin(1), you should press the “sin” button first and then enter the argument of the function. There’s no persistent “clear” button, but you can long-press the “delete” button.
You can either do a calculation from the addressbar to start using this calculator or just do a Google search for calculator and you will get this shiny new calculator on your browser.
I am sure this will be really useful for a lot of us here, especially students! This will be a handy feature for help with homework, what do you think?