Quietly over on the Android Developers Google+ page, Google announced custom voice actions today for third party apps. They are currently piloting this new integration with select partners like NPR and Shazam, but are actively seeking additional app developers to join in on the fun. (more…)
Back in January, Google announced that it was allowing 3rd party apps to work with Google Now for the first time; 40 of them to be exact. This was huge news because it meant that your favorite non-Google apps could start to give you relevant, perfectly timed information in your Google Now stream just as you need it, in the way that Google attempts to do with transit info, the weather, and your travel plans. Today, they expanded the program by allowing another 70 new partners to get in on the fun. (more…)
Because an increasing number of Google searches happen these days from mobile devices (read: smartphones), Google has decided to reward those who have mobile-friendly websites with higher search rankings. Starting today, Google is expanding its use of “mobile-friendliness” as a ranking signal in its algorithm of searches made from phones and potentially placing a mobile-friendly site much higher in results than one that isn’t so friendly.
What does this mean for you? (more…)
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…)