Google Search Gets Usability Improvements via Update

Google Search Gets Usability Improvements via Update

Jun 20, 2016

​ The Google Search app for Android has gotten better, with an improved look, offline voice actions (for US-based users for now), new cards and more.

More specifically (per Google Play):

What’s New:

– Improved look and feel of the search page

– New doodles are designed for in-app experience

– Offline voice actions (play music, turn on wifi, turn on flashlight) (*Available in US only)

– Web pages open directly inside the app

– Now cards are grouped according to your interests

Google Search remains standard on Android devices.

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]

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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