Soon, when you search Google for something, the search results will include related apps to your search whether you have them installed or not. Up until today, you may have seen apps show up in search results as having related content, but only if they were already installed on your phone. Thanks to Google’s expanding app indexing of content, search results are now smart enough to find apps that have the info you want even if they aren’t on your phone. (more…)
You can now go to Google.com in a web browser and type “Find my phone” to see the exact location of your potentially-lost device. How cool is that?
Google will now locate your phone through Google Search, just like it does in the Android Device Manager app. All you need is the latest version of the Google (Search) app installed and this should work. It may ask that you sign-in to your Google account before it completes the task, but seriously, that’s it, at least according to a G+ post today from the search giant. (more…)
That title isn’t clickbait. I’m not even kidding with this one. You can say “send a Hangouts message” in Google Now, with your voice, and it will actually send a message in Hangouts with your voice. I don’t know when this went live, but it’s live. It will ask who you want to send it to, then what your message is, before confirming that you want to send. We aren’t talking SMS here – this is legitimate Hangouts messaging with your voice.
You still think I’m joking, I know. I get why you would think that I’m joking. Seriously, though, go try it.
Thanks to Google, you no longer have to have the mind of a mixologist in order to be able to whip up a cocktail on the fly. Through Google Search results on mobile, you can ask Google how to make your cocktail of choice and the results will give you everything you need, from the ingredients and their measurements, to if it should be stirred or shaken or which type of glassware you should use.
How complete is your life now? (more…)
At the end of January, Google announced that we would all soon start seeing 3rd party app cards appear in Google Now, a move that has the potential to make the service exponentially more useful, assuming you aren’t spammed to death and have enough control over each’s arrival. While I personally have not see any new 3rd party app cards, at least one of our readers started seeing them today. (more…)
Google took to its YouTube blog to announce today that NCAA March Madness is now on Google Search and YouTube.
Starting with this year’s tournament, you will be able to watch game highlights, pre and postgame shows, and more through the new NCAA March Madness channel. The channel will be populated with the latest news surrounding the tournament, including clips from shows on TBS, CBS, TNT, and truTV. (more…)
Google has confirmed to TechCrunch that the company is currently testing a new chat service for business listings right inside of Google Search results. As an example, if you were to search for a restaurant, you could ask an employee at the restaurant if they were busy or featured a vegan menu, then receive an answer in real time. (more…)
Earlier this month, Google announced that it was adding pretty new health-related cards to the Knowledge Graph to give you quick answers to common questions about the flu, measles, chicken pox, erectile dysfunction, etc. We just wanted to point out that those cards and that info are now live. If you do a quick search for common illnesses on your mobile device, you will find all sorts of useful information, some of which includes detailed pictures of snarky or sad children in the bathtub with red spots all over their bodies. (more…)