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    If that Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge business or the Pac-Man option for Google Maps hasn't clued you in just yet: we've already embarked on the prank-filled journey into April Fool's Day. Those two might have gone live a little early, but now this next one is actually right on schedule, at least considering where it comes from. Over in Japan, it's already the early hours of the morning of April 1, so Google Japan is wasting no time in sharing its own AFD entry, wrapping a cuddly plush body around the ever-so-useful voice-driven search tools of Google Now: Google Panda. Google's not just doing ...

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    Android's Google app (née Google Search) is already a voice-powered juggernaut. Get things going with a brief “OK Google,” and you're ready to start converting milliliters to ounces, check what time the local grocery store closes tonight, or find out how tall Channing Tatum is. The voice control extends to letting you interact with certain apps, like how you've been able to compose a new text message using your voice alone. Now Google's taking that voice-controlled messaging to the next level, as it gives its app the power to compose spoken-word Hangouts messages. The feature works ...

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    Google announced a big improvement to its Now service back at the end of January, with the personal software assistant picking up support for a bunch of cards from third-party apps. While in the past Google Now had been great about pulling data from things like your email and calendar, this new support meant access to previously untouched data troves. It all sounded very promising, with support for cards from even more apps to come. The only downside might be how Google was making this integration happen, and the need to work closely with the Now team to deliver this functionality might ...

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    Once a few years ago, my wife and I were sitting on the couch, and a commercial came on. In it were a few scenarios where a user would activate Siri and do…whatever. When the commercial was over, my wife turned to me and said, “That makes me want to get an iPhone.” More recently, Google has been running a series of “OK, Google” commercials in which people are asking Google to do various things, or look things up. On the Windows Phone side of things, Joe Belfiore has an unabashed love affair going on with Cortana. So it made me wonder, are digital assistants really the way to sell ...

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    Android users already know that Google Now can be a hugely powerful tool, reminding you about important appointments, helping you navigate to your next meeting, advising you of upcoming weather alerts, and more. But for all that great stuff Now offered, it also put a lot of pressure on Google to deliver relevant content; one company can only do so much, right (yeah, even Google)? Well, the floodgates are about to open, and today Google announces a big step forward for Now that allows some of your favorite developers to start bringing their content to the service, introducing support for ...

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    Sometimes I ask my assistant to remind me about something, and when she's sitting in the same room as me and it's time to be reminded about something important, she claps her hands twice to get my attention. If I don't look at her right away, she won't tell me what the message is, and then she'll wait a few more seconds and then close her eyes and go to sleep. If this was a real person, that scenario would sound pretty ridiculous, but that's exactly how our smartphones behave these days. I'm sorry, I don't understand what 2 hand claps means. We're in the same room though. I can hear you. ...

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    How often do you use your digital assistant every day? Some may think that Siri, Cortana and Google Now are just gimmicks, but according to some recent studies, that highly depends on how old you are. If you're wondering how different usage patterns are when it comes to voice search, it seems Google asked itself the same question, and the answers are not shockers at all. According to a new study commission by Google, 55% of users under 18 will use any voice search service, be it Google Now, Siri or Cortana, more than once a day in comparison to 41% of grownups. This number grows to a ...

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    The debate of which voice assistant came first is still a shady topic. While many agree that Siri was the service that made the idea mainstream, we do know that Google's Voice Search has existed for a bit longer, and even though Microsoft's Cortana is the newest in the crowd, we all remember Microsoft's Voice Command from the Pocket PC days. Still, if you leave history aside and ask yourself which service is currently better, some experts claim to have a winner. A marketing consulting firm by the name of Stone Temple claims to have found Google Now's voice search to be significantly ...

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    Who's your virtual assistant of choice? Are you a die-hard Siri user, running the app since even before Apple bought it up? Or have you been won over by Google Now and its tight integration with your phone's launcher? Maybe you're a new Cortana fan, eager to spend more time seeing what Microsoft can bring to this race. That last one's still a little too new to be included in this study, but a recent analyst report took a look at the performance of Google Now and Siri, evaluating a number of factors, and while both exhibit improvements, Google Now looks like it's just barely starting to ...

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    Update: Edited podcast with download links has been added below the YouTube embed, courtesy of our excellent podcast editor, Jules Wang! Get to downloadin', folks! The big guys have enough time in the limelight. It seems every week we're spending 80% of the podcast talking about the huge players in the mobile space, along with their commensurately huge smartphone and tablet offerings. While we're not ignoring those established forces in this episode, we are devoting a bit more time to newcomers: from Amazon to OnePlus to a little firm called GoTenna, there's a lot going on in mobile's ...

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    "OK Google" is a pretty neat tool. It lets you search for virtually anything -- as long as you're on your homescreen. A recent update to Google Search unlocked that limitation and allowed users to enable OK Google everywhere, even on the lock screen! The update requires Android 4.3+ (or 4.4+, depending on who you ask), it also needs the latest version of the Google Search app and the latest update to Play Services. Head out to the Play Store and make sure you've got all the latest updates installed before you continue. Next, from your homescreen, simply say "OK Google" to bring up the ...

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    One of the worst parts of Google Now is that you cannot use voice for many simple things like turning off WiFi and skipping to the next track while jamming to music. It seems inevitable, though, that these features will eventually be available for Now, and the latter item looks to be going live as we speak. Google Now media controls are slowly starting to show up in a limited sense to a select group of Google account-holders. Right now, if you have the feature enabled on your account (it didn't work for us when we tested it on our devices, so we couldn't verify or test anything detailed ...

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    One of the coolest features we find in Google Now is the ability to activate a voice search by simply using the hot word "Ok Google". Those of you lucky enough to be using the Google Now launcher have an even better experience, since this works from any area in the Home Screen, and those of you using a Moto X make us all envious. Up to just a couple of hours ago, this feature was only exclusive to those using your device in English US and UK modes, though we did know that Google was working on expanding this feature to other languages. Google is currently rolling out a software update to ...

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    About three months ago, we heard about a change Google was supposedly working on for Google Now, that would allow users to set location-based reminders connected to people: if you wanted to pay back your friend Bob for that $5 he spotted you the other day, your phone could give you a heads-up when it detected that Bob was nearby. So far, though, we haven't seen that happen, but that doesn't mean it won't – in fact, such an ability may be just around the corner, arriving as part of larger new location-based system called Nearby. We're used to seeing mock-ups of screenshots for these ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about some additional new cards in the recent Google Now update. Sprint and the Moto X follow as we get some credible leaks of a 64GB Moto X coming soon. Apple is next as we get more rumors of what to expect from Touch ID on future iOS devices. Apple then continues as a carrier has apparently leaked the exact launch date for the iPhone 6. We end today's show talking about the LG G3 and our initial impressions. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Google Now weather card updated to offer regional outlook - Sprint’s site seems to confirm ...

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    Today may be LG's, but even with the G3 grabbing the lion's share of our attentions, the rest of the Android landscape isn't being wholly ignored. In fact, we just caught wind of an interesting tweak starting to arrive en masse for Google Now users today, as Google updates how the service reports on weather conditions. Already this months we've seen a lot of progress with Now, checking out how it handled subscription cancellation reminders, helped users pay their bills, and got smarter about setting timers. Today's weather-related change affects how Now share information about conditions ...

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    In the past, if you decided that you want to ask Google verbally to set a timer, it would set an alarm instead (though with the correct timing). It's not always the most convenient to set an alarm, especially when there is an option in the stock Android clock for a timer. Finally, these voice commands correctly redirect to set a timer. We've been able to independently verify this, and although we don't know how long this has been in effect exactly, it is a welcome feature for sure. We're just pleased that we did not have to wait on an app update (or even a full OS update) to change this. ...

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    Google Now is a service that I love and use daily. I'm pretty sure I've made that clear by now. It notifies me of developments on stories I've been following in the news, makes suggestions on things I've been looking to buy, automatically tracks packages for me, tells me when I should leave to make appointments on time, and tells me what's going on in Charlotte on any given night. Most of the other Pocketnow guys (except for Joe and maybe Michael) don't, however. Anton doesn't because it's practically useless in his country; Stephen doesn't by choice; I couldn't tell you about Jaime, ...

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    We started off the week hearing about a new feature coming to Google Now, designed to help you cancel subscription services. We're always interested in learning about the new tools Google develops for Now, but this one was a little... well, less than a game-changer, let's say that. Today we catch wind of another new Now ability, and this one's sounding quite a bit more useful to our ears: notifications of upcoming bills you need to pay. Rumors about a feature like this date back a couple months, after both a source described the ability and evidence for its existence was uncovered in the ...

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    Smartphones can make it so easy for us to spend our money. As online services pick up on our tastes, they become more equipped to offer smartly tailored recommendations, and while we appreciate being informed about the hot new game or upcoming album from an artist we might like, that also means being presented with a lot of opportunities to shell out some cash. That's what makes it so refreshing to see a smartphone doing something to help rein-in our spending, like we learn about today with Google Now's tools for canceling subscriptions. Recurring subscriptions can be deceptively difficult ...

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    For about the past month now we've been hearing rumors about some pretty major changes Google could be planning for Android. It all started with word of Project Hera, and while the reports of a whole new way for apps to multitask and present notifications were captivating, the idea was so unlike what we're used to from Android that it was difficult to fully appreciate the scope of the changes. That was followed up by rumors of a massive expansion of Google Search, bringing the “Ok Google” voice prompt system-wide. Alongside that, we also heard about a redesign to the Android nav bar, ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's next event, and how the company hints to a Surface mini launch. Google then shows us its new Google Now trick with shopping card capabilities. Nokia is next as we learn about its plans to push hard for its HERE services on iOS and Android. The iPhone 6 dummy then makes some headlines as you can purchase it now for a very small sum of money. We end today's show talking about HTC, the One M8 sales results, the leaked One mini 2 renders and photos, and even the 24kt Gold device pricing. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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    The next step in Google’s journey toward world domination is taking over your shopping needs, it seems. The latest addition to Google’s lineup of cards in its Now personal assistant tool is a card letting you know if you are near a retail location which stocks an item you have searched for online. As you can see in Google’s image above, you will find items you have searched for recently neatly organized by nearby stores which carry them. You can also see the price, so you can quickly see if you have found a good deal. Then, in Google’s own words, "all you have to do is pop into the ...

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    This week's update to Google Search is really proving to be one of those gifts that keeps on giving. We first learned of the new version on Wednesday, and initial reports detailed a few of the improvements that were present, the most notable of which the support for parking reminders. Then yesterday we heard about another pretty useful change – or at least, one that had the potential to start being a lot more useful in the future – as Google started making progress towards implementing voice control for phone settings. Today Google itself is finally talking about this new version of ...

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    On last week's edition of the Pocketnow Weekly (093: NEVER SETTLE), we shared with you a piece of listener mail asking us about our preferences when it comes to voice assistants - not the service itself, but the voices. Right now, there's not a lot of variety out there for our choices for how our phone sounds when it speaks to us: maybe we can select between male and female, or choose from a few accents, but even that represents more options than many users have. But this piece of listener mail wasn't about what we prefer among available options: what if we could have our phone speak to us ...

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