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…)

Starting Today, Google Now Will Notify You of Incidents to Avoid on Your Trips

We’ve all had that feeling — driving for hours and then finding out it’s all in vain because of a traffic incident that could have been avoided. Actually, I haven’t, but if you have you’ll be glad for Google Search’s latest addition to Google Now. Through Now, Google will send you notifications if you are likely to run into traffic situations (incidents) during a trip. (more…)

Google Adds “Take a Picture” and “Take a Video” Voice Actions to Search

Many Android fans have been waiting for Google to integrate more system options and controls into Voice Search. While turning off WiFi with your voice is still unsupported (we wish it was), a new update for the official Google Search app has us one step closer to full voice integration. Following the update, users now have the ability to take pictures and record videos just by talking to their phone.

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Tip: Use Google Search on Mobile to Quickly Find Restaurant Menus as Search Cards

How often do you use Google to help you find a restaurant’s website so that you can hopefully checkout the spot’s menu? I do it at least a couple of times per week it seems like, especially when trying to decide where to meet friends at. The process, at least until today, has been extremely tedious.

You had to search for a restaurant, visit their website, scroll around looking for the “Menu” link, and then either seeing the menu directly on the site or downloading it as a PDF file, which would then take another tap. Google has fixed this painful process (at least in the U.S.), by adding all sorts of restaurant’s menus to search results that can be viewed on mobile and the web via card that pops up at the top of all listings. (more…)