Country services used to be distinguished by the country code top-level domain names (ccTLD) that had to be entered manually.

Now Google search results to be country-specific by default
Atom Technology Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 12:46

You will no longer have to manually enter country code top-level domain names to avail country-specific services for Google Search and Maps on the web and the Google iOS app.

And this applies even when you travel from one country to another, for example from the US to India. 

Country services used to be distinguished by the country code top-level domain names (ccTLD) such as google.fr for France or google.com.uk for England.

"Google wants to stop the practice of manually entering the top-level domain to get a country's services," according to a report in 9to5google.

"Starting today, country services will no longer be determined by domain. By default, you'll now automatically be served the appropriate country service without seeing a change in Google's ccTLD," the report said on Friday.

Google's other services such as Gmail, and YouTube already functioning this way.

However, Verge reports that it is will possible to escape your country’s results by changing locations. This can be done from the settings menu of Google.com where you can go to search settings and pick a new location.

The report also says that Google is making this change because one out of five searches on google is related to location and in order to gie users the best results, Google feels it is critical to offer local information.

Google also says that the change will not impact some of the legal requirements countries have under national law. For example, EU’s right to be forgotten rule will not get impacted where in it will not show some of the results hidden in that specific country for legal reasons.

With IANS inputs

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