Posts tagged with: Google Now
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    Unless you’ve been living under a very remote rock, you’re probably aware by now of the Iowa Caucuses’ outcome in both the Republican and Democratic presidential nomination competitions. The contest for the overall final is more evenly matched than ever, as Bernie Sanders lost the first provisional battle to Hillary Clinton by a measly five delegate votes, and Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio’s hopes for ultimately getting elected remain alive and well. In case you need some online help keeping track of the heated races going forward, Google hooks you up with a number of ...

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    Google may be the company behind the most popular mobile operating on the planet, but it's not doing so hot when it comes to messaging software. Despite the presence of Google's own apps like Hangouts, users have instead flocked to third-party solutions. Now a new report claims that Google could be about to try something pretty unusual for its next-gen messaging system, inviting users to interact with variety of AI-powered chatbots. If that sounds a little weird to your ears – don't worry; you're not alone. From what The Wall Street Journal describes, this new messaging system sounds ...

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    "'OK Google' is the magical key-phrase that unlocks all the wondrous potential of your Android-powered device - and drives you nuts when someone on a podcast says it and all your Android's wake up and wait for your instructions." Now that my new house is built, my daily commute is over an hour long - each way. That's okay with me. I love to drive, the scenery is beautiful, Waze helps alert me to upcoming hazards, and thanks to Audible I'm "reading" more now than I ever have before. When a phone call comes in, thanks to the Bluetooth hands-free functionality built-in to my Prius, all I have ...

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    While Google Now is pretty darn smart already, it usually has to take its time or come across incidental information and churn on it before letting you know in a Now card. With Google Now on Tap, it's putting out what it gets in with a long press of the home button. Now on Tap is still a new feature that isn't as fully-fleshed as its stewed edition — using algorithms to perform tricks live on an expanded array of applications just ain't the same. It's catching up, though, especially with some updates today. For one thing, you can now hit up an airliner's flight status or a shipper's ...

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    Ericsson used to have a larger footprint in the mobile technology space. In this decade, we're lucky if we hear from them once or twice a year. This time around, our luck may have run out if we're talking about smartphones. It's a hardware field that Google currently has a vested interest in. Not to worry, though, as one of its software managers has come up with her vision of what's next. Doom for the devices Stockholm-based Ericsson commissioned a survey of 100,000 participants across 40 countries including Sweden and has found that people will be getting "over" smartphones by 2021. They ...

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    Google usually has a quick post ready for one of its many project blogs to tell users and developers of a great new feature that they should look forward to. Not the case this time. An update to the Google app for Android apparently brought nothing worth noting. Not even in the update log on the Play Store page. The /r/Android subreddit tends to disagree. One of its users was the herald to a new audible feature that can read out your latest text messages. Ask Google to, "Show me my text messages," and it'll read out the most recent messages, asking if you'd like to "hear it" or "skip it" ...

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    It's been years since Apple launched Siri with the iPhone 4s, and so far the user adoption of the service has been polarizing. For some Siri is something nice to have for setting an alarm or a reminder, and for others it's actually more important or less. That level of importance is what a recent study tried to prove, and competing services were also included. A survey conducted claims that 81% of users feel satisfied with using Siri, which reportedly beats 68% of users claiming the same for Google Now, and 57% for Cortana. According to the study, participants were asked to try seven ...

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    What gadget geek doesn't want his or her own combadge? Somewhere at the intersection between virtual digital assistants and wearable hardware there's the dream of being able to access a powerful voice-controlled computer wherever you go; just ask it something, and it answers. We've already got shades of that with Android Wear and the Apple Watch, and now Microsoft may be planning its own spin on the idea, as a source discusses the company's plans for a Cortana-based wearable device. Supposedly in development under the name Clip, the unit would provide users with a dedicated path to ...

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    Google's presence within the world of Android is so pervasive that it almost seems a little weird that we even have a specific “Google” Android app. But if you find yourself interacting with a Google search bar on your home screen, taking advantage of Google's voice search, or having Google Now lend you a hand, you've done so with the help of the Google app. If you're interested in getting a head start on checking out all the future improvements coming to the app, Google's got just the ticket for you, inviting users to voluntarily participate in a public beta test. Once you register ...

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    This is the place where you and only you can listen to every single request you made. Well, supposedly. And if supposedly is what you're worried about, read on to find out how to protect yourself. Each utterance of "OK Google," every tap of that red mic icon, your phone records a clip of you saying whatever you're saying (savory or not). It then sends it off to Google's servers to process your command and deliver your results (desired or not). It also keeps that clip in your Google Voice & Audio Activity log. Of course, Google would like to keep these seconds-long files around to hone ...

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    No, I'm not talking about their sound. I mean, sure, developers can definitely help relating voice assistants' with the average user by fine-tuning their voices to sound like people and not cyborgs. I think, though, that they should retain some robotic quality so that users clearly know what they're interacting with as opposed to who. How Google Now, Siri, Cortana, or any other voice service interacts with you is more important. Important to you, the person who wants data from the internet. It's most important to the companies behind the services which gain income off of you via data ...

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    Hound is SoundHound's new voice assistant to compete with the likes of Google Now, Siri, and Cortana. It, like the others, can launch apps, run search queries, identify songs, and more, but one thing that's caught wide attention for this service is its ability to process complex, multi-part queries in a manner similar to Wolfram Alpha. Questions like "What is the population and capital for Japan and China?" work without a hitch, and very quickly at that. But rarely will most people ask a voice assistant such complicated questions. Instead, most people use these services for quick searches ...

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    Nearly every member of the Pocketnow team uses digital personal assistants in some way. Whether it's Google Now, Siri, or Cortana, these systems offer voice commands, as well as personalized recommendations based on contextual information like location or emails. But while each service has its own unique features that set it apart from the others, none of them offer the same kind of fully fledged, natural language-based voice interface found on services like Wolfram Alpha. SoundHound recently demoed a new product, simply called Hound, that seems to offer similar functionality to these ...

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    At WWDC, Apple introduced a host of new features to iOS 9, including its new Proactive feature. This is a very Google Now-like service that will give contextually aware reminders, take actions without prompting, anticipate what you want, etc. This is all a really nice upgrade for the iOS experience. And if Apple had left it at that, this article would not exist. It's your data But Apple was quick to point out that unlike some other personal assistants out there, Apple’s does everything on device and there is absolutely no access to your personal data. What happens on the phone, stays on ...

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    I’m a Windows Phone fan who has been on Android for about nine months now. Ever since I got the Moto360, then the Pebble, I have been pretty much addicted to smartwatches, and Windows Phone just doesn’t have them. Ok, it has the Band, but I don’t really count that. So I’m left with Android. But I don’t want that to sound like a bad thing – it’s not. I’m doing just fine on Android thank you very much, and a big reason why is Google Now. A hard sell Google Now is one of those services that’s hard to describe. Actually, it’s not really hard to ~describe~ so much as it’s ...

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    A few years ago I was trying to find my way around an unfamiliar city with my friend and her husband, and I pulled out my Android phone to help us navigate the tricky terrain. Looking upon my then-new HTC Evo 4G, my friend's husband asked, "those phones are basically just iPhone ripoffs, right?" "No," I replied. "Android is totally different from iOS. In some ways it's better." "Yeah," the guy shot back, "but they're all just trying to be the iPhone, right?" If it sounds like he was trolling me, he was – but he also meant what he said. And while he was kind of a dirtbag (they later ...

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    Google Now is already an impressively powerful tool, drawing data from multiple sources in order to give you the info you need, sometimes before you even realize you need it. But Google's not content to leave a good thing alone, and at I/O this afternoon it's announcing its plans for making Now smarter, easier to communicate with, and just generally more useful in our lives. One key way Google is improving Now is by greatly enhancing its contextual awareness. With natural language processing, Now will become better able to respond to things like pronouns, recognizing the subject at hand ...

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    Back in January we learned about a big expansion in the works for Google Now, as Google invited new app partners to integrate their content with the company's service. We heard more about such efforts last month, as Google talked about plans to release a Now API to further streamline how app content could connect with Now. This week Google's showing off where all this has led, announcing Now integration with dozens and dozens of apps – some seventy, total. The sorts of information these apps provide run the gamut from news, to entertainment, to fitness, and even dining – really, all ...

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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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