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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
After yesterday’s big news that Andy Rubin was stepping down from the Android team, it seemed that things were changing internally at Google. Today, more switches have been made by Larry Page, who announced that the Mapping and Commerce divisions are no longer working together under one person. (more…)
Today is a day for pomp and circumstance, so let’s take the time to remember past Presidents of these great United States. For example, Martin Van Buren. Don’t remember him? No one really does, except for his awesome sideburns. Google Search does though and shows off Google’s Knowledge Graph in this short, but cute commercial.
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.