Update: It’s now live!
Shortly after Google acquired smartphone company, Nest, the thermostat and smoke alarm maker announced a “Works with Nest” program that would enable all sorts of smart products to interact with those made by Nest. Of course, the most obvious partner in this program is Google. In the announcement, Nest noted that this “Fall” we would be able to say to our phones, “OK, Google, set the temperature to 72 degrees,” or something along those lines and watch as our Nest changed temperatures. While we have yet to see this integration fully appear, it does look as though we are about one step away from it becoming a reality. (more…)
Google Now, the prescient digital assistant, earlier this month and last began reminding users of important stuff like voter registration and deals on airfare. Hot on the heels of those additions, another soon-to-be-indispensable card has begun popping up for users – information about local police activity. (more…)
At some point today, Google started show a voter registration card in Google Now to Pennsylvania residents. The card appears to be showing just because of the user’s location, not because they had previously searched for “voter registration” or about an upcoming election in the state. (more…)
We have not heard much about Android Auto, Google’s first big foray into in-vehicle software, since Google I/O this past June. During the keynote, Google demonstrated what Auto could do – make using your smartphone safer with a dashboard designed around glanceable information, voice commands, and simple gestures.
Today, Google divulged a bit more about what users and developers can expect when the Android Auto SDK lands sometime this fall. (more…)
Flight shoppers who use Google’s flight finder service online can now track prices right through Google Now, helping you to land the lowest price for airfare. (more…)
Anyone here that can speak multiple languages, Google Search has received the perfect update for you. Starting this week, the voice-powered search feature of the Search app can now understand multiple spoken languages, without the need for switching between supported dictionaries in the settings menu.
To give you an idea of how this works, imagine yourself asking Google what the weather is like in San Francisco using English. Google will then relay those results to you. Then, imagine you asked the same question, but this time, in one of 50 supported languages. These languages include Spanish, Italian, German, French, and many more. (more…)
The latest update for Google Search, already available in Google Play for all to download, brings new bus and train cards for users, as well as an updated card for users of Google Now’s flight reminders. (more…)
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…)