If you have travel plans in the near future, think of using Google Search to find things to do, eat or see nearby your hotel without the fuss of looking up where you are staying. At least that’s what Google is preaching over at Google+ today. (more…)
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…)
Starting today, Google will use yet another of its algorithms to detect if a website may not work on your device and then warn you. Should you search for a website in Google Search on your Android 4.1+ phone that may be an Adobe Flash laden page, Google will toss in a note under the search listing to explain that you may not receive the best experience should you visit it. (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.
Previously, users would need to be on the home screen of their compatible Android device to use the hotword, but with this new feature enabled, users can say “Ok Google” within any app to initiate a Google search, and even on the lockscreen. (more…)
Google Search 3.5.14 is beginning to rollout with a couple of major enhancements. First, Google is allowing users to enable the “OK, Google” hotword to be said from anywhere on the phone to prompt a voice search. So rather than having to be on your home screen, you can now be in Chrome or looking at photos and quickly kick off a voice search. The update even allows you to trigger an “OK, Google” from the lock screen. It works quite well so far in our testing. (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…)
If you are looking for one of the quickest ways to listen to your favorite artists, Google has you covered. A simple Google Search for the artist name will bring up not only information, images, and news for that artist, but there will also be a list of apps on your device capable of playing that artist immediately. Tap your favorite music service, and bam, you are taken to the artist page or list of results within the app to get you listening away.
As you can see from my screenshots, apps like YouTube and Google Music were both listed, but other services like iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Rdio should also be supported.
Give it a try, if you are in the US. (more…)