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…)
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…)
Right before the DL Show last night, I was turned onto a wallpaper collection called nowPaper that is available on Google Play. If you have ever opened Google Now on your phone or tablet, then the inspired artwork should look quite familiar, featuring well-known landscapes and cityscapes from across North America.
Each area featured in the app has multiple papers, allowing you to choose the time of day you would like to have on your device. There is dawn, afternoon, evening, and night. Even cooler, the app has a newly built-in Muzei plugin, allowing you to switch wallpapers automatically depending on what time it is. If it’s 12 in the afternoon outside, you will see a shiny bright wallpaper on your phone. If it’s 10pm and getting late, you will see the nighttime wallpaper. (more…)
Voice searches with Google Now can sometimes be an exercise in futility it seems. Its accuracy is predicated on many factors, such as the quietness of your surroundings and the clarity of your speech, so results can be pretty inaccurate at times.
Nest announced its new developer program this evening, just two days before Google kicks off its annual developer conference. The Google-owned smart home company has worked with a number of companies behind the scenes to get to this day, which means they are already showing off some of the potential of opening up their API and giving developers tools to get products a “Works with Nest” badge of honor, if you will.
Think of having a more “conscious and thoughtful home,” that is more aware because of Nest’s interaction with the products you use every day. (more…)