We have not heard much about Android Auto, Google’s first big foray into in-vehicle software, since Google I/O this past June. During the keynote, Google demonstrated what Auto could do – make using your smartphone safer with a dashboard designed around glanceable information, voice commands, and simple gestures.
Today, Google divulged a bit more about what users and developers can expect when the Android Auto SDK lands sometime this fall. (more…)
Flight shoppers who use Google’s flight finder service online can now track prices right through Google Now, helping you to land the lowest price for airfare. (more…)
Anyone here that can speak multiple languages, Google Search has received the perfect update for you. Starting this week, the voice-powered search feature of the Search app can now understand multiple spoken languages, without the need for switching between supported dictionaries in the settings menu.
To give you an idea of how this works, imagine yourself asking Google what the weather is like in San Francisco using English. Google will then relay those results to you. Then, imagine you asked the same question, but this time, in one of 50 supported languages. These languages include Spanish, Italian, German, French, and many more. (more…)
The latest update for Google Search, already available in Google Play for all to download, brings new bus and train cards for users, as well as an updated card for users of Google Now’s flight reminders. (more…)
According to a new report out of The Information, Google and companies like HP have been talking over the last year about potentially using Google Now as a corporate tool to help employees easily find information using their own phones. Think of it as using Voice Actions in Google Search and Now to be able to quickly lookup company info, like financial data or product inventory, just like how you would ask how old LeBron James is or what the weather is like. (more…)
Yep, it got an update to v18.104.22.1689286. Since Google Search is a massive app that does more things behind the scenes than we can even imagine, it is anyone’s guess as to what is included. Feel free to dig around in the .apk below if you haven’t seen the update yet through Google Play. (more…)
If you have travel plans in the near future, think of using Google Search to find things to do, eat or see nearby your hotel without the fuss of looking up where you are staying. At least that’s what Google is preaching over at Google+ today. (more…)
A couple of weeks ago, I took a 5-day trip back to my home state of Montana to visit family and friends. I stayed with my dad, of course, but during the stay, I noticed an interesting Google Now card that kept coming up after a day or two after having been there. The card kept popping up with “Time to Dad’s,” as a reminder of how long it would take me to get back to his house. It was like the “Time to Home” card that you see if you have your home location added to your Now location settings. The card shows up if you leave home, so that you always know how long it will take to get back there no matter where you are.
I thought this card was interesting because my dad’s address wasn’t on my calendar, it isn’t in my location settings, and not once did I perform navigation on how to get to his house while I was there, because it’s in my home town of Whitefish and I know exactly how to get there. But over the last couple of days on the trip, each time I left his house, it kept telling me how to get back there, just like that “Time to Home” card. It was as if Google knew I was in Whitefish, MT, and that I was staying with my dad because his address is included in his contact card and I kept hanging out there for hours on end. It also could have been that it was simply looking through contacts to find nearby friends or family and was giving me the time it would take to get to their houses. (more…)