Google Search is Ready for the World Cup

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…)

Tip: Google Search Results Now Show Recipe Ingredient Checklists

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…)

Nova Launcher Update Adds “OK, Google” Hotword Detection, Other Beta Features

Nova Launcher 3.0 “stable” is rolling out to all on Google Play, this afternoon, bringing with it the list of new beta features that were introduced a week ago. The update one-ups the beta, though, by bringing with it “OK, Google” hotword detection from home screens. That means you can say “OK, Google” from any home screen and launch a voice search – no need to tap in a search box or on a microphone.

After updating at the link below, you can activate “OK, Google” by heading into Nova settings, tapping on the “OK, Google” option, and then checking the box to enable it.

Play Link

Rumor: Google KITT is a Car Home Replacement with Always-On Listening and Read-Aloud Notifications

Always-on listening is super convenient in the car, so it’s only logical that Google is working on making it easier to invoke while driving. Android Police reports that the company is experimenting with a revamped car interface – referred to internally as KITT, or “Android Eyes Free” – that relies on the “Ok, Google” hotword and hand gestures for interaction.  (more…)

Google Retires Personal Voice Recognition From Google Search

Back in 2010, Google introduced Personal Voice Recognition through its Search app as a way to learn how you – as a unique individual – speak. The idea was pretty simple – Google had created a Search app that accommodated all sorts of speech models, factoring in variations in pitch, pace, gender, and age, but realized that it could get even smarter.

It was an opt-in service that was tied to your Google account. By opting-in, Google would associate recordings of words that you asked it to automatically build you a custom a speech model. The more you used your voice to search on Google, the smarter and better your speech model became.   (more…)

Google Now Will Show Cards for Products You Searched for While Out Shopping

There is no doubt that Google knows everything about us. We use their services, grant them access to all of our search history, and all that we ask in return are for services that help make our lives more simple. Lately, Google has been adding more cards to Google Now, to help with the simplifying of day-to-day tasks, and today the company has announced yet another card which is perfect for the online window shoppers among you.  (more…)

Google Brings Hotel and Restaurant Filters to Google Search on Android Devices

Today, Google has baked a bit more of its Zagat purchase into mobile Google Search results, allowing searchers to use a new filter tool when looking for restaurants or hotels in their city. Starting now, if you say “show me some hotels in San Francisco,” you will get your same list of results, but with the new filter button added in, that allows you to filter the results by date, hotel class, user ratings, and more.  (more…)