Google’s New Location-Aware Search is Rolling Out and Awesome

Ever been in front of a restaurant and wondered when it opened, but didn’t want to bother with pulling out your phone, searching for its name in an app, then scrolling through information to find out its business ours? Or maybe you were standing in a park, looking at a monument and wondering just how tall that statue was? What about that lake in front of you, how deep is it? Google can answer questions like these for you, even if you don’t know the name of the restaurant, park, monument, or lake. With their recently launched (and unannounced) location-aware search, you can ask Google things about items nearby and based on your location, will give you answers.  (more…)

You Can Finally “Send a Hangouts Message” With Your Voice in Google Now

That title isn’t clickbait. I’m not even kidding with this one. You can say “send a Hangouts message” in Google Now, with your voice, and it will actually send a message in Hangouts with your voice. I don’t know when this went live, but it’s live. It will ask who you want to send it to, then what your message is, before confirming that you want to send. We aren’t talking SMS here – this is legitimate Hangouts messaging with your voice.

You still think I’m joking, I know. I get why you would think that I’m joking. Seriously, though, go try it.

You can finally send a Hangouts message with your voice in Google Now.  (more…)

Tuesday Poll: How Often do You Use Voice Search?

Google published a survey this week which it commissioned through Northstar Research. The goal was to find out not only how often users in different age categories used voice search, but how they used the service itself. The study also asked users what they would like to see search do more of in the future. Funnily enough, wishing they could order pizza ranked highest among young users of voice search.

In the study, it was found that 55% of teens and 41% of adults use voice search more than once a day. But, how do the two categories differ in use of the service? Teens, on one side, focus on using their voice to call friends, ask for directions, help with homework, and play songs. Adults on the other hand, use voice search primarily for voice dictation, asking directions, checking the time (however odd that sounds), and to make calls.

A whole ton of neat things were discovered in the research, so we recommend you check out Google’s official blog for more information. In the meantime, we want to run a poll of our own.

How often do you use voice search on your Android device? Once you answer, feel free to throw in the comments what things you use voice search the most for.

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Google Retires Personal Voice Recognition From Google Search

Back in 2010, Google introduced Personal Voice Recognition through its Search app as a way to learn how you – as a unique individual – speak. The idea was pretty simple – Google had created a Search app that accommodated all sorts of speech models, factoring in variations in pitch, pace, gender, and age, but realized that it could get even smarter.

It was an opt-in service that was tied to your Google account. By opting-in, Google would associate recordings of words that you asked it to automatically build you a custom a speech model. The more you used your voice to search on Google, the smarter and better your speech model became.   (more…)

Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime Coming to Amazon Fire TV Voice Search This Summer

Shortly after Amazon announced its new Fire TV at the beginning of this month, with accurate voice search as one of its highlighted features, pundits quickly questioned its limited searching power. Fire TV’s voice search can only search Amazon content, plus content from one partner app made by Vevo. Amazon promised that more apps would soon join the party, which they have announced today as Hulu Plus, Crackle, and SHOWTIME ANYTIME.

These apps won’t enable unified voice search until this summer, but at least it’s a start or something to look forward to. Before long, I’d imagine this list will grow dramatically, assuming the Fire TV sees any sort of success.

How has your Fire TV experience been thus far? Walking Dead on it is certainly full of win.  (more…)

This Video Reminds Us That We Hardly Use Google Now and Voice Search to the Extent of Their Abilities

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Google Now and Voice Search have grown a lot over the last couple of years. Google has added in a ton of different searches that can be performed with your voice, many of which are likely not even getting used simply because people probably don’t know they exist. With videos such as the one below, an average user shows off a variety of the new searches that can be performed using your Android device, as long as it’s running Jelly Bean.  (more…)

Google Brings Quick Flight Searches, Purchase Tracking, Personal Photos and More to Google Search

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Google wants you to fully embrace your voice when it comes to performing searches. In a new service that will begin rolling out of the “next several days,” Google is giving you the power to simply ask Google Search for flight info on an upcoming flight, see reservation info for hotels or dinner plans, track purchases made online, see what your plans are for tomorrow, and even get photos from recent trips or other specific time periods.  (more…)

Google Search Receives Update: TV Show Information, Offers Show When Nearby a Location, New Voice Action for Music

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Google Search received an update today on Android that introduces a couple of new Google Now and action features worth mentioning. The first new feature will display information about shows you are watching through your internet-connected TV (as long as you are on the same WiFi network as your TV). The second will automatically pop up saved offers once  you approach a nearby redemption location. And third, we’re seeing a new voice action that will play music from either your phone or the Play store. Oh, they also tossed in Voice actions tips.

The update is technically live, but yeah, you know about those staged rollouts.  (more…)