Posts tagged with: Google Now
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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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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the One-day Moto X sale that's happening right before the company's event. Then let's talk about the HTC One M8 mini, which will apparently have an even more ridiculous name. Hulu follows the news as the company plans to make its mobile services free for some. Google then gives us a couple of updates to its apps for Android, and within, Google Now does it best with parking support. We end today's show talking about Sony and a leaked Verizon Xperia Z2. All this and more after the break. Stories: - One-day Moto X sale underway right now - ...

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    Today marks the arrival of some new apps from Google, with the debut of those Docs and Sheets programs for both Android and iOS, but that's just scratching the surface. This being an update Wednesday, Google's got some new builds available for existing apps, as well, and this afternoon we learn about new versions rolling out for Google Search and Google Play Games. Remember back near the start of the month, when an APK teardown suggested that Google Now (by way of Search, obviously) would be getting a feature whereby it could remind you where you parked your car? Sure enough, that debuts ...

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    Most of you already know that I began my digital life as a Newton guy. To this day my MessagePad 2000U could do things that even the latest smartphones running the most customized ROM still can't do. When it was later rolled back into Apple then killed off, I switched to Pocket PC. It was hobbled together and didn't come close to how well integrated Newton was. Not until Voice Command came along. Instead of a feature, MS Voice Command was a purchased app that you could install on your PDA. This had advantages and disadvantages, but brought with it a whole new way of interacting with your ...

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    So far this spring, rumors and leaks have been revealing Google's efforts to put a new face on Android, detailing sweeping UI changes that point towards an even flatter, minimalistic look. There's also been that confusing talk about Project Hera, and what could be a major shift in Android multitasking. While we haven't been sure how it all fits together, the sense that big changes are on their way has been palpable. We close out the week with another rumor about Google's efforts to revamp Android, with the tale of Ok Google Everywhere and a new navigation experience. Android Police has ...

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    It’s funny. Steve Jobs always used to talk about giving the people what they want before they knew they wanted it. In my experience with mobile technology, nothing has proven this concept more than voice control. It started with Windows Mobile voice control years ago. It came to the mainstream with Siri a few generations ago – generations from a mobile tech perspective that is. It continued forward with Google Now. Today, in addition to the aforementioned assistants, we have Cortana finally gracing the last platform hold-out. Being the Windows Phone fan that I am, I haven’t really ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's decision to take legal action against certain publications due to the review of the Galaxy S5. Apple follows the news as we learn that VP of iOS software Greg Christie departs Apple over issues with Jony Ive. Nokia is next as we learn what the company is doing to keep the deal with Microsoft going with government agencies. We then talk about Apple's iPhone 6 and the release plan for the 4.7-inch model and the 5.5-inch model. We end today's show talking about the cool new changes that may come to Google Now very soon. All this and ...

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    With Microsoft's introduction of Cortana, will Apple and Google be feeling the pressure to snazz up their own voice assistant offerings in the hopes of keeping ahead of the feature curve? It still remains to be seen just how strong a draw for WP8.1 Cortana manages to be, but regardless of what's going on over on that platform, Google appears to be hard at work in adding new functionality to Google Now, and one upcoming feature may be the ability to automatically detect where you've parked your car, and later guide you back to it. The evidence turns up in a few language packs for Now, ...

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    Update: The original edition of this article misidentified Android Wear as "Google Wear". This has been corrected and the author has been appropriately flogged. That headline has multiple dimensions to it. Sure there are a number of concerns involved with touching your phone. Safety, for example. Texting and drive and the death and mutilation that can occur is one such example. Hands free devices are always preferred when navigating a 2000 lb box of death at 55 mph (ya know, give or take) on the highway. There are also health concerns. Lately, your cell phone has been compared with toilet ...

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    Those who know me have heard my smartwatch story before. How I went from Casio calculator watches to Microsoft SPOT watches that got data updates over the FM airwaves, made my way through various Bluetooth connected timepieces, until I ultimately landed on the Pebble that's on my wrist right now. Even still, smart watches are still in their infancy -- no, perhaps they've made it beyond that. Let's say they're in their awkward adolescent phase. We're still trying to find out exactly what a smart watch is supposed to "do". Most of us agree that they need to be a watch first. If they can't ...

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    Google already takes advantage of the connections between all the services it offers to provide its users some convenient, time-saving tools. For instance, when you get a message in Gmail that mentions a time or date, Google automatically detects that text, underlines it, and gives you a quick way to add the event directly to your Google Calendar. From the looks of things, though, Google may be about to take this kind of automated system and really run with it, letting Google Now detect events in conversations you have from sources beyond just Gmail, and then suggest you add them to your ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's re-launch of the iPad 4, and the birth of a cheaper iPhone 5c with 8GB of storage. We then talk about the iPhone 6 and the possibility of it getting optical image stabilization in its camera. HTC follows the news as we get possible launch dates for the M8. Google Now later takes the spotlight as we talk about the recent changes for better interaction with others. We end today's show talking about Google's announcement of Android wear, the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Apple brings back the ...

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    Users of Google Now already enjoy the benefits of its convenient reminder system. With a simple voice command, you can configure to Google Now to give you a little heads-up about something that might otherwise slip your mind, triggered either at a particular time in the future, or using location data to present you with the reminder at a specific place – like how you need to remember to pick up a quart of milk next time you're at the market. While not yet confirmed, a new report claims that Google is now looking to expand this system to support reminders based on proximity to other ...

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    When the Nexus 5 arrived, it brought with it a new spin on the Android launcher, making Google Now just one swipe away from your home screen. Problem was, that's where it stayed, and initially Google didn't show any signs of bringing the experience to other devices. But then earlier this month an update to Google Search started rolling out, and it revealed a new name for this launcher – no longer was it the Google Experience Launcher, but now the Google Now Launcher. While far from a certainty, the embrace of the “Now” name had us optimistic that it could soon be becoming a larger ...

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