Google Search Also Now Syncs Notifications Between iOS and Android, Shows Simpler Mobile Results

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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…)

This Video Reminds Us That We Hardly Use Google Now and Voice Search to the Extent of Their Abilities

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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…)

Open Mic+ Looks to Bring Motorola’s Touchless Controls to All Google Now Devices

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When we posted about Motorola’s Touchless Control app hitting Google Play yesterday, there were many readers that were a little disappointed that it only worked with the new Moto devices. However, Android developers always love to step up and make our days so if you are looking to get some voice control action on your new phone, Open Mic+ is something you need to check out. (more…)

New Google Search Update Introduces Bundle of New Google Now Cards For Car Rentals, Concert Tickets, and More

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Late last night, Google announced that a new update to Google Search would be rolling out as early as today that includes a bundle of new Google Now cards. We’re looking at new cards for car rental reservations, concert tickets, a card for commute sharing, and NCAA football scores, along with revamped transit and TV cards.  (more…)

Google Updates Keep App, Teams Up With Google Now to Introduce Location-based Reminders (Updated: Download Available)

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Google is currently pushing out an update for Keep, which brings a new partnership between Google Now and the note-taking service. Starting with the new update, you can set a reminder (and location-based reminder) with your notes, which will then be pushed through Google Now to your device. For example, if you need to take out the trash on Thursday nights or have an important list of groceries, then you can set a reminder to make sure you don’t forget. What makes it interesting is that Google Now notices that you have walked into your grocery store, then reminds you of your list. If you aren’t ready to deal with the reminder when it goes off, you can simply “snooze” it until a later time.  (more…)

Google Brings Quick Flight Searches, Purchase Tracking, Personal Photos and More to Google Search

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Google wants you to fully embrace your voice when it comes to performing searches. In a new service that will begin rolling out of the “next several days,” Google is giving you the power to simply ask Google Search for flight info on an upcoming flight, see reservation info for hotels or dinner plans, track purchases made online, see what your plans are for tomorrow, and even get photos from recent trips or other specific time periods.  (more…)