For whatever exact reason, “Ok Google” hotword detection from any screen on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge has been broken for the past couple of months. But according to one Google community manager, the issue has been fixed, and Galaxy S6 users can go back to saying “Ok Google” from whatever app they may be in. (more…)
Part of Android M is a major enhancement to Google Now, Google’s smart-as-hell automated assistant service, called Now on Tap. With Google Now on Tap, the new piece to the Now puzzle, you can get Google Now help from almost anywhere with a simple long press of your phone’s home button, allowing you to multi-task from any screen without having to leave what you are currently doing. (more…)
In either a full blown app update or simple server-side change, the Google app is reported to become a bit more helpful and quicker in delivering the answers you are looking for.
Before the update, when you attempt a search such as “How old is Barack Obama?,” you need to hit Enter to complete the search in order to view the answer. Thanks to the update, your answer will appear directly below in the Search Suggestions, with no need to continue to the results page. (more…)
How much more useful would Google Search results be if they displayed real-time content? For example, if you searched last week for information on the Amtrak crash in Philadelphia, it might have taken longer than your patience could handle before a news outlet had any up-to-the-minute information on it that would display as a news result in Google’s listings for that search. Starting today, that will no longer be an issue as Google has teamed up with Twitter to add Tweets to search results, giving you real-time info as it happens through the voices of those on Twitter. (more…)
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…)