Google App Updates Galore: Hangouts, Cloud Print, Maps, Search, and More

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 Now Hits Chrome Beta for Desktop Computers

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…)

Google Now Comes to the Desktop in Chrome Canary for Windows and Mac

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…)

“OK Google Now, Let’s Go Caroling” Brings in the Holiday Cheer on Your Phone

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.

Cheers Jigga_Z!

Google Search Update From a Week Ago Finally has a Changelog – “Ok, Google Now” as a Hotword, Plus More

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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…)