AccuWeather Gets Google Now Functionality

AccuWeather Gets Google Now Functionality

Jul 29, 2015

Popular weather app AccuWeather is getting Google Now compatibility via update:

NEW! AccuWeather content is now also viewable in Google Now.

AccuWeather is free on Google Play; a premium version with more options is also available.

Google Now Adds Card Functionality for 30+ Third-Party Apps

Google Now Adds Card Functionality for 30+ Third-Party Apps

Jan 30, 2015

Google Now, Google’s mobile-minded personal assistant and voice search utility, is getting better — and that is an understatement.

According to the Google Search Blog, Google Now now supports cards based on information from over 30 third-party apps. Directly from the blog post:

Now cards in the Google app give you relevant information at the right time, without you having to ask for it—whether it’s the score from the Rockets game, your flight status, or the latest story on Greece’s new government. But a lot of useful information lives inside apps on your phone, from your favorite music to last-minute hotel deals to home-buying tips. Today, you have two ways to get information from these apps—either remember to constantly open them up and look, or get a notification, which you may forget to act on if it shows up at the wrong time.

Starting today, the Google app on Android can help you keep up with all the good stuff in 40 different apps at a glance—it’ll bring you Now cards to help you out with your day-to-day life, giving you information that’s helpful to you, right when you need it.

In the morning, catch up on news of the day with cards from The Guardian. On your commute, Pandora can give you recommendations for music to play, based on what you like, or you can be reminded to complete your daily French lesson on Duolingo. During your downtime, you can take care of the groceries, with a card from Instacart reminding you to stock up on the things you often order. If you’re planning a trip and looked up places to stay on your Airbnb app but couldn’t make up your mind, you’ll see Now cards from Airbnb for the location and dates you’ve researched. And when you land at an airport, you’ll see a card to order a Lyft.

The apps included run the gamut: MyFord Mobile, Walgreens, and more.

The Google (Now/Search app) is free on the Play Store. The list of integrated apps is here.

[Source: BGR via Inside Search Blog]

The Science of Voice Recognition: Video of the Day

The Science of Voice Recognition: Video of the Day

Oct 18, 2014

I believe in the concept of anchor apps: apps that make the prospect of switching platforms unpalatable. These apps are the apps mobile OS makers count on to help propagate their respective OSes. Get some good anchor apps to get new folks hooked on your ecosystem, and sky’s the limit.

In fact, I theorize that having a few mobile anchor apps like Maps, Gmail and Search is what gave fledgling Android OS a fighting chance while it gained users and the developers needed to create the vibrant app ecosystem needed to keep those users satisfied… and encourage friends and families to do the same.

On Android, I do have a few anchor apps. One that stands out is Google Now. The voice assistant is an excellence tool I rely on heavily (with the help of Tasker and associated plugins). I’d be loathe to do without the cards, information and tie-in with other Google services.

In the video below, we get see a Google-created documentary about the science behind voice technology.

[Source: Google Youtube via Engadget]

Google Search, Google+ and Youtube receive updates

Google Search, Google+ and Youtube receive updates

Aug 13, 2014

Google is in a giving mood, and at least three of its mobile apps for Android have updates available to Android users.

First up, Google Search is introducing flight card updates that provide alternatives when there are delays. Also, train and bus reminders can be generated from reservation emails received via Gmail. Of course, there are the requisite performance tweaks and bug fixes.

the card changes will be of special interest to people who are invested in Google Now, the voice-driven extension of Google Search.

Next up, the new build of YouTube introduces automatic correction of misspelled search entries, a video quality selector that allows mobile users adjust screen resolution, a fix for voice search and other unnamed fixes and improvements.

Rounding out the list is Google+, Google’s social networking and sharing app. It now allows users to cast media and links from their stream to compatible TVs. It’s also possible to edit Auto Awesome Movies on select devices; and then there are the enhancements and fixes.

If you haven’t seen the updates yet, no sweat; they have been rolling out this week, and should get to you soon.

[Source: Google Play]

Google Now To Receive Six New Card Types

Google Now To Receive Six New Card Types

May 16, 2013

Google announced new updates for Google Now, which is currently available as part of the Google Search app, reports Tech Crunch. Google announced the addition of six card types, including location-based reminders, public transit travel times, and information about music, TV shows, and videos games. There will also be voice recognition for people to use, allowing them to set reminders based on time, people, and location, by using their voice.

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