If Google decides to push out a bunch of updates to their suite of apps on any given day, Wednesdays are usually a good bet. Sure enough, we are seeing all sorts of apps receive updates today (Hangouts, Cloud Print, Google Search, Maps, Newsstand, and more), most of which don’t have changelogs or haven’t arrived on anyone’s device due to our favorite thing in the industry, staged rollouts for updates. Thankfully, this is the internet, which means that some people are bound to be a part of that initial wave. Some of those delightful people also like to share their treasures.
Below, we’ve started a list of the apps that are being updated, along with download links and changelogs (as we have them). We will try to update this throughout the day. (more…)
Google’s Chrome team announced the availability of Google Now for Chrome Beta users on desktops this morning. Google Now is a helpful app that brings important information you care about right to your attention without you having to ask for it. For example, you can keep an eye on upcoming flight plans, daily commute traffic, and even track shipments making its way to your house. Google Now has been an Android user’s best friend since launch, and now, it’s available for Chrome desktop users. (more…)
Industry leak-machine, @evleaks, dropped another Samsung home UI image over the weekend that could give us a look at Samsung’s plan to take on Google Now in the near future. The image (found below) shows a card-style UI with contextual information that you may be familiar with if you use Google’s service, though this is much more photo-forward. (more…)
As the text on the infamous Ron Paul animation proclaims, it’s happening. (I just preempted you, commenters, so there’s really no need to post that GIF.) Since the debut of Google Now with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, users have been clamoring for a desktop extension of the service. It took a year and a half, but Google Now has finally come to Windows and Mac users as an experimental feature in the Canary version of Chrome. (more…)
Still haven’t managed to get into the holiday spirit? Grab your phone, open Google Search, tap the microphone, and say “let’s go caroling.” If you own a Moto X (or new DROID), don’t bother touching your phone, simply say “OK, Google Now, let’s go caroling.” With a Nexus 5, feel free to say the same thing from the home screen.
Tap a song, sing along. Happy holidays, from Google.
Google Now has grown and matured so much since it was first announced, and the number of cards that are available for people to utilize continues to multiply. Today, Google launched an updated landing page for the service, allowing folks to see each card available, as well as how it is displayed on Android devices. (more…)
Google loves Easter Eggs, and users have been sending in tips about them for quite a while. For example, instead of saying, “Ok Google,” you can say “Ok computer” or “Ok Jarvis.” Little things like that are nice, but this newly discovered one is quite funny. (more…)
Remember the Google Search update that started its staged rollout on September 25? You’ve more than likely had it installed since then, but Google finally published a changelog for it yesterday afternoon. The update is a decent one, since it introduces hotword searches by having you say “OK, Google” at a search screen (hands-free fun!). You’ll also see “more beautiful” search results during searches and stay updated on notable people you search for. (more…)