Posts tagged with: Google Now
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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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