Google Really Loves Star Wars, as Evidenced by This Easter Egg

We wrote up Google’s spectacular Star Wars themes for apps yesterday, but today, another disturbance in the Force has been felt, originating from the folks down in Mountain View. An easter egg has been discovered in Google Search, one which turns your entire list of search results into a text crawl, just as we see in the opening of every Star Wars film. It’s not exactly practical in terms of getting all of your information, but it’s fun to watch. (more…)

Google is Now Letting You “Stream” Apps Without Ever Installing Them

Back in April, Google started indexing apps in Google Search to show relevant information from them in your results, even if you didn’t have the apps installed. Today, they are taking that experience a step further with the introduction of a couple of new ideas, one of which may blow your mind a bit.

First, in building off of the indexing of apps, Google has taken results a step further, by not only showing results that have matching web content (which was the case before), but by also showing information from apps that don’t have a matching web presence. This is a pretty big move if you think about it, because not all apps have web portals where they include the information that is found inside their apps. This move allows Google to show information from apps that are stand-alone properties.  (more…)

Google Search Now Answering Your More Complex Questions

Over the years, Google Search has become increasingly better at answering all of our questions. Personally, I ask Google ten or more questions a day, whether it is for sports scores, hours of a business, or anything else that comes across my mind. Today, Google announced that Search is getting even more intelligent, now answering complex questions while truly understanding the meaning of the inquiry.  (more…)

Google Maps and Search Updated With Business Holiday Hours

It’s that time of year again, when every business thinks it is cool to just close up shop early because it’s the holiday season. It can be a total pain to go to your usual spot, just to find they are shut down. Thanks to an addition inside of Google Maps and Google Search, holiday hours for virtually every business you can imagine are now available for viewing.  (more…)

Google Opens Beta for Google Search App on Android

You know how you hate staged rollouts because they drastically limit your chance to ever receive an app update when it first goes live? I have good news that may help increase your chances of winning the app update lottery! Google has opened a public beta for the Google app on Google Play that should get you testing new features well before the rest of the not-so-tech-savvy world.

The beta test opened within the last day to users through a Google Now card (pictured below). Once opened, users are able to opt-in and begin testing, assuming Google has a new beta for you to test. If you aren’t seeing the card, don’t worry, we have the link for you below.  (more…)

App Listings in Google Search Receive a Makeover

Google Search results are very important for many people. On mobile phones, they are becoming smarter, and now, prettier. The latest search results landing page to receive a makeover are app listings, a feature that has been inside search results for quite some time. Now, thanks to a server-side change at Google, any apps that are listed inside of a search result will be colored, giving a more tasteful aesthetic when browsing through categories of applications found on Google Play.  (more…)