Posts tagged with: Google Now
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    Google continues to keep pushing the boundaries of what you can accomplish with Google Now, and today releases an update to its Search app that brings Jelly Bean users a few new tricks they can pull off. First up, there's the new TV card, which lets you get info on a show you're currently watching. Unfortunately (at least for many of us), there's the caveat that you need to have a newer HDTV with internet connectivity, and your smartphone must be connected to the same network as the set. That seriously limits the use of this feature, but when it works, you'll be able to get info about ...

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    At Google I/O 2102, Google announced quite a few new and amazing things. Among the best and most notable was Google Now, an automated pocket assistant service. It's a one-stop shop for stocks, weather, sports info, and local events. But since that day in June 2012, Google has been adding all sorts of new features to Google Now with every update – package tracking, boarding passes, flight information, reminders, public transit, research topics, and many more travel tools. For many of us here at Pocketnow, Google Now has become a go-to tool for all sorts of things, an integral part of the ...

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    Last we checked, there are 52 weeks in a year - but you wouldn't know it, given the announcement schedule of some major players in the tech space. Companies vying for the attention of fickle consumers often stack their events one right after the other in a strategic attempt to undermine competitors, sometimes hosting major announcements just days -or even hours- apart. Sometimes, it's all a tech podcast team can do to keep up. Such a thing happened this week, with Nokia preempting Google's annual I/O developer conference with an announcement of its own: the Lumia 925, a mid-cycle Windows ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Galaxy S 4 carrier availability and the irony that TecTiles no longer work for it. Later we go through some Galaxy Note III rumors and the fact that apparently it'll be a bigger and better phone. Some Sony Xperia phones are next as the company plans to apparently give the phablet category a try. Then we talk about Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and yes, that's not Android 5.0, we know. We end today's show talking about Google Now and what it means for it to only launch on iOS and not on legacy Android devices. All this and more after the break. ...

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    I need a beer, and I'm sure many of you need a drink as well. If this was five years ago, I'd be by my second pack of cigarettes, and it has to do with how furious I am right now. Let me explain why: For starters, I wish I could express in words how long it took me to love Android. My first device was a Google Nexus One, and man, even though I started off at the right foot, it rarely ever felt that way. What a gorgeous phone and what a great experience overall, as long as I didn't turn it on. Froyo and Gingerbread were just stale and cartoony no matter how much I tried to love the device. ...

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    Google Now is definitely the crown jewel of Android. If you're rocking an Android device with Jelly Bean, you know how awesome it is to have your phone know what you'll search for before you do. Whether it's about sports, weather, traveling or any basic tasks, Google has really nailed a hit with this feature. A new update that rolled out last night brings new enhancements to the service. Among the changes you'll notice that search results arrive much faster to your device, which is great since they weren't slow before the update anyway. Another handy feature is that you'll now get real ...

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    The Pocketnow Weekly podcast is a labor of love for those of us who routinely grace its silvery sound waves. It takes a lot of effort and time to put the Weekly on the feeds every seven days, and we're pretty proud of the listenership we've accrued since re-launching our podcast presence lo those many months ago. Since that reboot, the podcast has grown in scope and in refinement: we've added such luxuries as topic lists, time codes with jump points, and a rotating cast of co-hosts - but we've never tweaked the YouTube presence of the Weekly. For eight months, listeners taking in our ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google Keep and how it enhances your note-taking experience on Android. Then we talk about Pandora's debut on Windows Phone 8. We later talk about the bugs on iOS 6.1.3 and why we don't think you should upgrade. We later move to talk about Google Now and its possibilities on iOS. Later it's iPhone 5S and iPad 5 launch rumors since apparently there's a date already set. We end today's show talking about Android and Google Chrome not merging into one. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Google Keep Brings Better Notes And Tasks to ...

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    We just heard what Google's Eric Schmidt had to say about the future of Android and Chrome, but one more interesting Schmidt quote has just crossed our desk, seeming to confirm the leaks we saw last week of Google's efforts developing a port of Google Now for iOS devices. At the Google Big Tent Summit in India, Schmidt was specifically asked about Google Now on the iPhone. Rather than giving any sort of noncommittal response as to Google's involvement, Schmidt instead passed the buck, saying, "you’ll need to discuss that with Apple." He continued, "Apple has a policy of approving or ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's current testing of Windows Phone 9. Then we move to the Nokia Lumia 928, and its first leaked camera sample. Then it's all about Google, as we start talking about Project Glass and its integration to Android. Google Now is next, as it made a leaked debut on iOS on a video. We end today's show talking about Andy Rubin's departure from Android, and what this could mean to the operating system. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Microsoft Could Already Be Testing Windows Phone 9 - First Nokia Lumia 928 Camera Sample ...

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    Google Now may be the hot software to check out if you're lucky enough to be running Jelly Bean, but it sounds like Google could be interested in making it accessible to a whole bunch of new users. No, we're not talking about supporting older versions of Android, but other platforms entirely. A recently posted video appears to show Google promoting Google Now for iOS, and some technical evidence suggests Now could be coming to the Chrome browser. Though since pulled from YouTube, the Google Now iOS video was archived and so remains available for us to watch. As part of the Google Search ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the recent improvements to the Google Now service for current Jelly Bean users. Then we talk Nokia, and the sad news that all the recent tablet rumors were pretty much just a good thing to dream about. Then we move to LG as they've just confirmed that their Optimus G Pro is going to show Samsung just how well the Galaxy Note II can be copied. Wireless charging is next as Michael Fisher walks us through the way to get it on your Galaxy S III today. We end today's show talking about Motorola's X Phone, and how Google in contributing in ...

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    Yesterday's discovery of support docs for an unreleased Google Now widget may have spoiled the surprise, and Google's abrupt removal of those pages had us thinking that a release still might be a way's off, but today Google has followed-up with an update to its Google Search app, delivering that very same Google Now widget, amongst a number of other improvements. That widget lets you place your most important cards right on your home screen or lock screen, just as we learned yesterday, giving you access to that info at a glance. Google also adds Zillow real estate listings to Google Now's ...

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    Google sure seems interested in driving users towards Google Now lately. We just saw the company release an advertisement that heavily focuses on the service's capabilities, new features keep arriving, like the recent NCAA team support, and now we learn about a possible Google Now widget, giving users even more exposure to the product. It's not like Google Now isn't already fantastically easy to access, and plenty of you have probably activated it by accident more than a few times by letting your finger linger on the screen a little too long when going to tap the home button. Still, if ...

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    While BlackBerry and Samsung premiered their latest ad spots one week ago during the Super Bowl, Google decided to wait until last night's airing of the Grammy Awards to break out its latest promotional offering, a Nexus 4 ad where Google Now takes center stage. While this is all shown in the context of the Nexus 4, the bit is really about showing how Google Now can simplify the lives of its users, drawing upon all of Google's scheduling, mapping, translation, and other services and delivering them in a seamless, quickly accessible interface. Considering all the money Apple has spent ...

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    On the last 2012 episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, recorded immediately  following the Christmas holiday, we spent a little time trading tales of gadgets wished-for and gadgets received from generous gift-givers. More importantly, we also swapped stories of an observational nature. The holidays are more than an opportunity to re-learn how to share a table with distant relatives; if you're lucky, they're also an occasion to observe how normal people interact with technology - often new technology. We talked about that more on today's episode of the Weekly -heavens, we do chat our ...

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    Updated: Alternate method to flash from a custom Recovery Image, and video showing the final result. Android Jelly Bean brought with it a whole new way to search and get up-to-date and location relevant information: Google Now. Search results are fast, beautiful, and usually pretty accurate. When compared against Apple's Siri, Google Now wins in many regards. The bad news? Officially Google Now is only available on tablets and smartphones running Google's latest operating systems (4.1 and 4.2). Sure, there are ways to hack the feature in, we even reported on one such method back in July. ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through Google's pack of software updates that includes major enhancements in both iOS and Android services. Nokia has also introduced the Lumia 620 to the market and we go through all the benefits of the device. Samsung sadly still seems to be delayed with their ATIV S Windows Phone, but the Galaxy S III is receiving a very important software upgrade you should look out for. We later talk about HTC's M7 flagship device rumored for early 2013 and what to expect. We end today's show by talking about the first batch of rumors and imagery that point to ...

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    Are you one of the growing number of us rocking a Jelly Bean device? If so, Google's got a new version of Google Search all ready for you to check out, introducing a bunch of new cards. Google Search gives you access to Google Now, and with these new features, your voice-commanded phone sounds like it could be quite a bit more useful this holiday season. Google knows that for many of us this time of year means travel, and there a couple new cards to help ease your journey. If you're traveling by plane on United, the app will pull up your electronic boarding pass (additional airline support ...

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    I'm in a bit of a quandary, readers. AT&T dropped some welcome news on our heads this morning, announcing the forthcoming availability of the HTC Windows Phone 8X, the Nokia Lumia 820 ... and the new finnish flagship Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 920. Frequent visitors to Pocketnow, especially listeners of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, will recall well my longstanding affinity for this latter device, Nokia's PureView-packing, pure polycarbonate Windows Phone. I wrote a whole article, in fact, about why I'm buying the Lumia 920 instead of the iPhone 5, which is why it's hilarious ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through the recent rumors of a Google Nexus 3 in photography data. Then we go over the current sales status of Apples iPad line-up. Microsoft also made the news as they launched their Windows Phone 8 SDK along with certain conditions that complicates the process a bit. We later talk about the LG Spectrum 2 and why does it matter on the Verizon network. We end today's show by talking about Google's recent upgrade to Google Search on iOS, and why does that disappoint Android customers. All this and more after the break.

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    This is one of those ironic pieces of news that really frustrates even the most devoted of Android users. Google has just updated their Google Search app for iOS, and aside from bringing iPhone 5 compatibility, it also brings something that current owners of Android devices sporting Ice Cream Sandwich or bellow don't have: Jelly Bean's Voice Search. This service is not only faster than Siri in most cases, but also brings a more humane voice to its responses. It also provides responses in separate cards, which is more or like what Jelly Bean customers receive with Google Now. The app also ...

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    Watch today's episode of Pocketnow Daily as we go through all the recent batch of rumors regarding Amazon's Kindle Fire 2 leaks and a possible second tablet to be released. We later talk about the recent update that Google brought to their Google Now service. We then go through Nokia's third batch of Lumia Windows Phone 8 leaks that don't look that realistic. Then it's time to talk a little more about the recent iPhone 5 leaks and we end today's show with some of our thoughts regarding HTC's silent release of their Desire X. All this and more after the break.

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