Newest Google Search Update Seems to Make GEL Work Perfectly on Nexus 7

Even though Google’s GEL or Google Experience Launcher is currently an exclusive to the Nexus 5, we’re all well aware of its capabilities on other devices running Android 4.1+. In fact, the last Google Search update from mid-November brought compatibility with the new launcher to all sorts of devices, assuming you had the new GoogleHome.apk sideloaded. But compatibility is one thing, functioning correctly and not looking like garbage is another.  (more…)

Google Updates Search, Begins to Intertwine Your Relevant Apps With Search Results

This afternoon, Google introduced two new features for Google Search, features that will bring your inquiries and apps together for a more fluid experience. For example, if you are searching for a holiday movie that you can’t remember the name of, you can perform a Google Search, and if you have the IMDb app installed in this case, you will be given the option to open the app right from the search results. Kind of neat, right?  (more…)

Google Search Receives Update to Version 3.1.8, Brings New Cards and GEL to Android 4.1+ Devices

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Google Search received a big update this evening to version 3.1.8, bringing with it a gang of new features. The crown jewel for most users will be the ability to use the official Google Experience Launcher that comes stock on the Nexus 5, plus its always-listening search capabilities and fancy animations to boot. But keep in mind, you will also need to download the Home apk from the Nexus 5 dump for that feature to work. You can download the additional apk and sideload it right here(more…)

Google Search Update From a Week Ago Finally has a Changelog – “Ok, Google Now” as a Hotword, Plus More

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Remember the Google Search update that started its staged rollout on September 25? You’ve more than likely had it installed since then, but Google finally published a changelog for it yesterday afternoon. The update is a decent one, since it introduces hotword searches by having you say “OK, Google” at a search screen (hands-free fun!). You’ll also see “more beautiful” search results during searches and stay updated on notable people you search for.  (more…)

Google Search Also Now Syncs Notifications Between iOS and Android, Shows Simpler Mobile Results

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Even after a new Google Search update for Android and the introduction of hashtags to searches came across the wire yesterday, Google has decided to continue improving their bread-and-butter product again today. For starters, the iOS Google Search app has been updated to include the clever “OK, Google” voice activation command. But more importantly, your Google Now notifications for things like Reminders, now sync between Android and iOS. So if you wanted to use your Android tablet to remind yourself to pick-up a 6-pack of Jubelale later in the day, you could in theory take an iPhone with you later on and still receive the reminder.

Also, Google is continuing its overhaul of mobile search results. You should see a look that is “cleaner and simpler, optimized for touch, with results clustered on cards so you can focus on the answers.”  (more…)

Google Brings Google+ #Hashtag Results to Search Users

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Frequent hashtag users should get a kick out of the newly added feature to the official Google Search engine – hashtag results! Starting today, searchers in the US and Canada can find conversations taking place on Google+, simply by imputing a hashtag.

As you can see in the picture we posted above of our results, clearly Google knows the best results to bring to the top of the page. When and if you search for #android, it brings up the most recent use of the hashtag. This goes for anything else you might hashtag.  (more…)

This Video Reminds Us That We Hardly Use Google Now and Voice Search to the Extent of Their Abilities

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Google Now and Voice Search have grown a lot over the last couple of years. Google has added in a ton of different searches that can be performed with your voice, many of which are likely not even getting used simply because people probably don’t know they exist. With videos such as the one below, an average user shows off a variety of the new searches that can be performed using your Android device, as long as it’s running Jelly Bean.  (more…)