Google Rolls Out Update to Search App, Brings Material Design Look and New Features

An updated version of the Search app is rolling out today for Android devices, the same version featured on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, complete with an updated look and brand new features. What features, you may ask? Well, starting today, users will see an updated layout when asking where the best Korean BBQ places in town are, and the same layout will be applied when asking for locations to other businesses.  (more…)

Google Search Can Now Understand Queries Spoken in Multiple Languages

Anyone here that can speak multiple languages, Google Search has received the perfect update for you. Starting this week, the voice-powered search feature of the Search app can now understand multiple spoken languages, without the need for switching between supported dictionaries in the settings menu.

To give you an idea of how this works, imagine yourself asking Google what the weather is like in San Francisco using English. Google will then relay those results to you. Then, imagine you asked the same question, but this time, in one of 50 supported languages. These languages include Spanish, Italian, German, French, and many more.  (more…)

Google Makes “Ok Google” System-wide Hotword Detection Official

Yesterday, after downloading the newest version of Google Search (3.5.14), we discovered that a new setting for system-wide “Ok Google” hotword detection had been placed inside of the application.

Previously, users would need to be on the home screen of their compatible Android device to use the hotword, but with this new feature enabled, users can say “Ok Google” within any app to initiate a Google search, and even on the lockscreen.  (more…)

New Google Search Voice Command for Android Allows Users to Start Play Music’s “I’m Feeling Lucky” Feature

Earlier this week, Google added the ability to open your phone’s Camera with a simple “take a picture” or “record a video” voice command in the Google Search app. Now, functionality has been added allowing users to instantly start Google Play Music‘s “I’m Feeling Lucky” radio station feature with a simple voiced request. The radio station will take into account what you’ve been listening to recently to tailor music in your library (or for All Access users, a lot more) for your ears’ pleasure. (more…)