Google just killed off a nifty search feature – Phandroid
Google Search does a lot. You can use it to quickly define words, translate, do currency and unit conversions, and more. In the past, in case you didn’t know, one of the nifty features of Search was that you could build a timer/stopwatch on the fly, which is very useful.
We say “in the past” because according to a report in Deccan Herald, it appears that Google may have eliminated the feature. This is according to various user reports online where they are claiming that when they type in “online timer” or “stopwatch”, the function is no longer available.
For those unfamiliar, it used to be that when you typed “online timer” or “stopwatch” into a Google search, a small widget appeared at the top of the page. Now when you type in those search terms, you are instead given a list of websites that offer similar functionality.
This means that users who need to create timers on the spot will need to use a separate application or website. While it wasn’t the biggest deal in the world, it was one of those quality of life features that made things easier, especially if your browser was already open. It’s unclear why Google removed this feature, but we’re sure it will be missed.
Source: Android Police