Nat and Lo Give Us the Skinny on the Updated Voice in Google Search

As you may have seen over the past week, the voice for Google Search has been getting updated for many users. It’s more clear, and at times, the way it speaks sounds very much as if you were speaking in real-time to another human being. Of course, that’s because at one point, the words you are hearing were previously recorded by an actual human voice actor. With countless hours of work, thousands of sentences are spliced and stitched together, allowing Google to have its search engine say whatever it needs to, in a way that comes off naturally.  (more…)

Google Really Loves Star Wars, as Evidenced by This Easter Egg

We wrote up Google’s spectacular Star Wars themes for apps yesterday, but today, another disturbance in the Force has been felt, originating from the folks down in Mountain View. An easter egg has been discovered in Google Search, one which turns your entire list of search results into a text crawl, just as we see in the opening of every Star Wars film. It’s not exactly practical in terms of getting all of your information, but it’s fun to watch. (more…)

Google Search Now Answering Your More Complex Questions

Over the years, Google Search has become increasingly better at answering all of our questions. Personally, I ask Google ten or more questions a day, whether it is for sports scores, hours of a business, or anything else that comes across my mind. Today, Google announced that Search is getting even more intelligent, now answering complex questions while truly understanding the meaning of the inquiry.  (more…)

App Listings in Google Search Receive a Makeover

Google Search results are very important for many people. On mobile phones, they are becoming smarter, and now, prettier. The latest search results landing page to receive a makeover are app listings, a feature that has been inside search results for quite some time. Now, thanks to a server-side change at Google, any apps that are listed inside of a search result will be colored, giving a more tasteful aesthetic when browsing through categories of applications found on Google Play.  (more…)

Toggle Your System Settings With Google Search Voice Commands

Using our voice to control a smartphone and tablet is a real treat, especially when considering how fast our mobile devices have evolved over the past few years. More specifically, Google Search and Google’s Voice Commands is evolving, and thanks to Lollipop, users can now toggle system settings (WiFi, Bluetooth, Flashlight) with nothing but their voice.  (more…)

Google Search Results on Mobile Now Include Carousel of Latest Stories

If you search for a topic or favorite website in Google Search from your phone, there is a pretty good chance that you will now be greeted by a scrolling list of the latest related stories. As can be seen in the clip below, Google has started offering up the “freshest, most relevant content” within a single website or topic grouped together in “one easy-to-scan place.”

Whether you are searching for Droid Life or want to check-in on the latest NBA trade rumors, the new search results are actually quite good. At the top, you get a specific website listing, but just under that, you can see all sorts of stories related to whatever you just searched for, all of which will have thumbnails and will take you directly to that story when tapped.

Great job on this one, Google.  (more…)

Google Builds Mortgage Calculator Right Into Search

Starting today, a new feature has been built right into Search from Google – a complete mortgage calculator. Using this handy dandy calculator, users can estimate how much they can borrow, simply by throwing in a wanted monthly payment and APR.

Not only that, but you can also track monthly payments when you input the loan total and APR, allowing you to quickly make estimates.  (more…)