Search, the cornerstone that Google is built on is getting ready to receive an overhaul pretty soon. Coming “over the next months” are semantic search results that can tell what you are looking for based on how and where you type it. The difference between searching for “an apple” or the the company Apple will be more apparent to the search engine and should make things much easier to find.
Aside from using the search functions on our browsers, where can we expect to see this? Google Assistant will most certainly make use of this feature whenever it rolls out. It seems inevitable that the two become closely related because the applications primary function will be to find things for you. One of the biggest complaints of Siri is that she is a “dumb search engine” that doesn’t always recognize what the user is looking for. Could this give Google the leg up in the voice actions department?
To our mates from across the pond, we would like to welcome you into the wonderful world of Google Voice Actions. Released today to the Android Market in the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain, the updated Google Search app makes hands-free searching, calling, and navigating a breeze.
To our friends here in the states, just watch the video and see if you don’t find yourself talking with a British accent for the next 5 minutes.
Via: Google Mobile
The Google mobile team is at it again – this time with a simplified search experience for tablets. To quote them, they have “increased the size of page contents like text, buttons and other touch targets to make it faster and easier to browse and interact with” which makes complete sense after looking at a quick result for droid life. And also, as you can see in the screenshot above, the overall look has become much less cluttered making content much easier to absorb. (more…)
When Google announced “Voice Actions” for Froyo, there was one in particular which they advertised but appeared not to work correctly for, well, everyone. Luckily for us all, the G2 leaked system build keeps pumping out awesome updates to our favorite apps including a “set alarm…” voice action that had previously not been available. As you can see from the screenies above, the one on the left is the old version, with the right screenie showing it working flawlessly.
Install as you would any other application, just make sure you have Android 2.2.
Source: XDA Forums