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Google Search Receives Update: TV Show Information, Offers Show When Nearby a Location, New Voice Action for Music

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Google Search received an update today on Android that introduces a couple of new Google Now and action features worth mentioning. The first new feature will display information about shows you are watching through your internet-connected TV (as long as you are on the same WiFi network as your TV). The second will automatically pop up saved offers once  you approach a nearby redemption location. And third, we’re seeing a new voice action that will play music from either your phone or the Play store. Oh, they also tossed in Voice actions tips.

The update is technically live, but yeah, you know about those staged rollouts. 

What’s new:

  • Information about shows you’re watching on your internet-connected TV (US only)*
  • * Requires phone/tablet to be on the same network as your TV
  • Saved offers when nearby a redemption location
  • New voice action: play music from your phone or the Play Store
  • Voice actions tips

Update:  Google posted a better explanation of how the TV show info works to G+:

TV Cards: If you have an internet-connected TV, Google Now can help unlock more information about what you’re watching. Just connect your Android device to the same network that your TV is on and tap “Listen for a TV show” in Google Now. We will show you information, like where you’ve seen an actor in the cast before, or more information about the people mentioned in the show. So if you were watching Nik Wallenda cross the Grand Canyon this weekend, with Google Now, you could learn that the “King of the Wire” in fact holds seven Guinness World Records, including highest bike ride on a high-wire.

Google Offers: Now you can get reminders for your saved offers when you’re near the store — right when you need it. Google Now will pull up the offer so you can use it quickly and easily.

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I hate to say this, but should you get the update, feel free to share the love in the comments.

Update:  You can download the new Google Search here.

Cheers Phil!

  • fartbubbler

    how do I get “voice action tips” ??????

  • tharealoc

    I posted this on another site too, but I think it’s best to canvas the area for best results

    This update has been great, it seems to be faster and smarter, HOWEVER
    it screwed up my location…It will now give me cards for time to home
    when I am sitting in my home. It is locating me in a city 20 minutes
    away. Because of the location inaccuracy It also gives me the weather
    in that city. Has anyone else been having this issue? and if so, have
    you found a solution?

  • Justin W

    There’s also reminders now (or, there’s a card to remind you that there’s reminders…). It says “Say ‘Remind me…’ ‘to take out the trash when I get home’, or ‘get some milk.’ I thought it was interesting.

  • Legobricke

    You can also get this from the website Google Play store. I just downloaded it even though my nexus 7 didn’t see it as an update yet.

  • Too bad they still haven’t incorporated Google All Access into Google Now!
    Just think about having the ability to search for songs and have the option to add it into your library. Or the ability to listen to a song on your tablet and then have a soft notification on your phone to pick up right where you left off (kinda like how Google does the syncing navigation / directions).

  • anezarati

    the cards for news articles relating to stuff you have recently read also has a different look. as well as the sports card which now displays the records of the baseball teams playing (only sports card i have active right now)

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  • ynksbsbll2

    Is there more specific info about what that music voice action does? You could already say “Play” or “Listen to”, is this any different?

  • hoyce1212

    Does it fix the voice command issue when you try to use navigation. Ex. When I say navigate to 501 north Detroit st, it wants to put navigate to 5:01 north Detroit st. It interprets it as a time and not an address. I have not been able to use Google voice for my navigation for over a month.

    • michael bourgoin

      do you say five “o” (oh) one or do you say five hundred and one? just wondering bc i dont have this happen when i say five hundred etc…

    • Kevin

      Why not just say “five hundred and one” instead of confusing it with “five oh one”?

      • hoyce1212

        First off, I say “five zero one” since oh is not a number. Secondly there should be no confusion however it is said. Saying larger addresses like 1233, I should not have to say one thousand two hundred thirty-three, saying twelve thirty-three should be suffice. I have had an android device since the Droid Eris and have never had this issue. Thankfully I do not have to worry about this any longer since the update actually did fix the issue. I would hate to think I could confuse the search so easily.

    • Justin W

      Either try Five Hundred One or Five Zero One.. That’s what works for me (and it’s how I usually say addresses anyway).

  • Dan Carter

    The music feature doesn’t work at all. Most of the time it just takes me to a google seach for what I’m asking it to play. When it did actually find the song I was attempting to play, when I tapped on “Play Music” it went to the music app and played the wrong song. I’ve tried about 10 times or so and haven’t gotten it to work once. I’ve tried:

    Play “song title” by “artist”

    Play song “song title” by “artist”

    Play music “song title” by “artist”

    I want to listen to “song title” by “artist”

    Never works. Anyone get this to work for them?

    • ynksbsbll2

      I’ve found that you can’t say more than one thing, you either have to say just the song or just the artist, you can’t say: Play “song” by “artist” (which sucks)

    • Joshua Wise

      I used “Play Mumford and Sons” – It did, selected a song on its own. Then tried “Play Apologize by One Republic” – Also worked. I’ll try some more.

    • bryan

      Whenever I saw “Play [artist]” it searches for the artist on youtube. I can’t get it to play stuff in Google Play Music.

    • vwbeetlvr

      Just yesterday I was able to say “play titanium” and it would play on Google music. Now it’s just showing me YouTube results. It’s weird because it was also working directly after I updated the app.

    • Larizard

      Looks like it’s very unpredictable. “Play gone gone gone by phillip phillips” worked. It spoke “Playing Request” and opened up Play Music and played the right song. But “Play come on get higher by matt nathanson” brings up a search result page with youtube videos on top (of the right artist/song).

  • Dee Mann

    I wish the music recognition would give you the option to play the song in google play music not just take you to the play store to purchase it

    • ynksbsbll2

      Totally agree. I 100% expected it to do that when I matched a song. Having an “Add to My Library” button would be great for All Access users, why would I want to purchase a song when I already have All Access?

      • Dee Mann

        Exactly! Please Google make this happen!

    • WAldenIV

      There is a little drop-down-type arrow that lets you change the default action. Once you select Google Play Music it will default to playing the songs.

  • Christian

    Also noticing some new info on the sports cards – cool!

  • Kiril Vatev

    Here’s a mirror of the apk: http://goo.gl/MNXWn

  • kronos002

    I’m assuming “internet-connected TV” means GoogleTV or does it mean any old smart tv with net access?

    • I’m thinking any WiFi capable TV since it doesn’t specify Google TV.

      • @kellex:disqus You think it’ll work with a Roku?

      • Chris Hannan

        I’ve got an LG TV and don’t see how to use this. The remote app works so I’m definitely connected to the same network.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I want google tv. I”m just scared they’ll make an great update to it as soon as I make the purchase.

    I wonder how hard it is to tell the difference between a command and a search. We may need more command lines. Btw, nexus experience phones didn’t go live yet? fishy fishy.

    • I’m the same way. I actually just bought a Roku 3 for my family because I can’t trust Google TV as of now. The update doesn’t mention Google TV so I wonder if it works for all smart boxes?

      • WAldenIV

        I love my Roku 3. I hope you have the same great experience.

  • Phil Oakley

    Got the update, uploading apk to Dropbox…give me a sec guys.

  • And…. APK wait clock initiate.

    • JoshGroff

      A whopping 3 minutes. Impressive

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    Fat Bleeping Chance…
    As expected, no update here.