A couple of weeks ago, I took a 5-day trip back to my home state of Montana to visit family and friends. I stayed with my dad, of course, but during the stay, I noticed an interesting Google Now card that kept coming up after a day or two after having been there. The card kept popping up with “Time to Dad’s,” as a reminder of how long it would take me to get back to his house. It was like the “Time to Home” card that you see if you have your home location added to your Now location settings. The card shows up if you leave home, so that you always know how long it will take to get back there no matter where you are.
I thought this card was interesting because my dad’s address wasn’t on my calendar, it isn’t in my location settings, and not once did I perform navigation on how to get to his house while I was there, because it’s in my home town of Whitefish and I know exactly how to get there. But over the last couple of days on the trip, each time I left his house, it kept telling me how to get back there, just like that “Time to Home” card. It was as if Google knew I was in Whitefish, MT, and that I was staying with my dad because his address is included in his contact card and I kept hanging out there for hours on end. It also could have been that it was simply looking through contacts to find nearby friends or family and was giving me the time it would take to get to their houses. (more…)
Right before the DL Show last night, I was turned onto a wallpaper collection called nowPaper that is available on Google Play. If you have ever opened Google Now on your phone or tablet, then the inspired artwork should look quite familiar, featuring well-known landscapes and cityscapes from across North America.
Each area featured in the app has multiple papers, allowing you to choose the time of day you would like to have on your device. There is dawn, afternoon, evening, and night. Even cooler, the app has a newly built-in Muzei plugin, allowing you to switch wallpapers automatically depending on what time it is. If it’s 12 in the afternoon outside, you will see a shiny bright wallpaper on your phone. If it’s 10pm and getting late, you will see the nighttime wallpaper. (more…)
Voice searches with Google Now can sometimes be an exercise in futility it seems. Its accuracy is predicated on many factors, such as the quietness of your surroundings and the clarity of your speech, so results can be pretty inaccurate at times.
Thankfully, Google is acknowledging this problem. The company is rolling out a new feature which allows you to correct misheard words and phrases with your voice. (more…)
Slightly peeved that Google Now still doesn’t support built-in commands for toggling your phone’s system settings or pausing music, unlike the voice assistant-who-must-not-be-named on iOS? Commandr, a new app found on Google Play, is probably the best interim solution. (more…)
Nest announced its new developer program this evening, just two days before Google kicks off its annual developer conference. The Google-owned smart home company has worked with a number of companies behind the scenes to get to this day, which means they are already showing off some of the potential of opening up their API and giving developers tools to get products a “Works with Nest” badge of honor, if you will.
Think of having a more “conscious and thoughtful home,” that is more aware because of Nest’s interaction with the products you use every day. (more…)
Android personalization took to a new level when home launcher replacements became popular. The ability to change the launcher that you interact with gives each user so much control over what they see and when. The newest home replacement comes to us courtesy of Samsung Accelerator that is helping high-quality developers to make even higher-quality applications. Terrain Home is the closest thing that you will find to Google Now this side of Mountain View. (more…)
Google Search is ready to bring you up-to-the-minute World Cup news as you need it on your mobile device. As Google noted today on G+, they have “you covered with match schedules, group information and more.”
For example, you could search for “world cup” starting today, and see the upcoming daily match schedule. Once the action starts on June 12, a quick search of “world cup” or your favorite team will bring you live scores, team rosters, and major plays. (more…)
OK, this could be old, but we were not aware of it until Google Tweeted a picture of it moments ago. The tip is this – if you are searching for a recipe or food type, you can have search results display an ingredient checklist for you that can be checked off to narrow your list of recipes. Again, this may have been buried in the search options for a while, but if you look at Google’s Tweet or the duplicate post to Google+, everyone seems to be as lost as we initially were. Thankfully, a little poking around has led us to the ingredient list promised land. (more…)