Google Update Bonanza: Maps, Translate, YouTube, Chromecast, Search, and Chrome Beta

Google is still going strong with their trademark “Update Wednesdays,” and this week is absolutely no exception. We already saw the Wallet update and the possibly erroneous YouTube update, but now have a plethora of other fresh meat, most being relatively minor. Regardless, it’s definitely a good thing to see Google paying attention and squashing those bugs, adding nifty new features along the way.

All the updated apps are listed down below. We’ll be updating this post as we learn more. (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 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…)

Google Mobile Search Just Got Even Faster, Adds Quick View and Rotten Tomatoes Enhancements

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Starting today, certain aspects of Google’s mobile search are receiving a big speed boost. The most interesting feature that is being added is a new “Quick view” tab which will appear on certain page results. For example, as shown above, when a search is done for a list of poker hands, a quick view can be seen from Wikipedia to make finding the answer you are looking for even easier.  (more…)

Google Teaming Up With Kia and Other Car Makers to Bring Google Maps to Vehicles

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As an Android fan, I know I’ve looked at some car navigation systems before and thought “Google Maps does this so much better.” Today’s news sounds like a few car manufacturers felt the same way. Hyundai and Kia have partnered with Google so that their UVO voice system now works with Google Search, Maps and Places APIs to find you all sorts of cool stuff while you’re driving from place to place.

Those two companies join the likes of Audi, Mercedes and Tesla as manufacturers who all include the suite of Google apps in their vehicles. Google Maps is one of the most detailed databases and putting that in dashboards of cars is infinitely useful. Let’s hope that more companies catch onto this down the road.

Via: Google