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…)
Even after a new Google Search update for Android and the introduction of hashtags to searches came across the wire yesterday, Google has decided to continue improving their bread-and-butter product again today. For starters, the iOS Google Search app has been updated to include the clever “OK, Google” voice activation command. But more importantly, your Google Now notifications for things like Reminders, now sync between Android and iOS. So if you wanted to use your Android tablet to remind yourself to pick-up a 6-pack of Jubelale later in the day, you could in theory take an iPhone with you later on and still receive the reminder.
Also, Google is continuing its overhaul of mobile search results. You should see a look that is “cleaner and simpler, optimized for touch, with results clustered on cards so you can focus on the answers.” (more…)
Google Search just received an update to build 220.127.116.111295 on Android as well within the last few minutes. It’s like a Google app update holiday!
We are installing now – will fill in the blanks if there are new goodies to talk about. So far, the changelog on Google Play appears to be leftovers from the previous update. (more…)
Microsoft is finally getting around to developing a personal assistant for Windows Phone users, as they ready a Windows Phone 8.1 update that is said to feature Cortana. As for the name Cortana, she is an AI character featured in the Halo video game series, personified by the above-pictured girl. (more…)
Google Now and Voice Search have grown a lot over the last couple of years. Google has added in a ton of different searches that can be performed with your voice, many of which are likely not even getting used simply because people probably don’t know they exist. With videos such as the one below, an average user shows off a variety of the new searches that can be performed using your Android device, as long as it’s running Jelly Bean. (more…)