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    Quick. Fast. Instant. But unlike noodles, news articles shouldn't take two minutes to load. That's why companies like Facebook and Google have been offering up speedy-loading optimizations to content providers — with a share of the click revenue, of course. Google has been keeping its Accelerated Mobile Pages to Android users, but not anymore — version 15.1 of its iOS search app now has it. Users just need to look out for that lightning bolt next certain "top stories" to get informed instantly. Google Now cards also serve up sports highlight videos, too. Restaurant entries get a ...

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    If you're not on Slack, HipChat, GroupMe, Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, SMS or email already and would like to bring some interesting pieces of media to a group you're in, prepare yourself for what Google's offering. It has introduced Spaces, an app that builds in Google Search, Chrome and YouTube to look up and serve most of the content you would share in a small group within the app. It's available for all Gmail users on iOS, Android, desktop and the mobile web. We're not sure how much effort you'll save without all the app and page switching, but hey, it's out there. The new ...

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    It's not like podcast fans on Android haven't had plenty of options for finding and listening to the programming of their choice, but earlier this week Google stepped up to really help streamline things, fulfilling last year's promise of bringing full podcast support to Google Play Music. As both podcast fans and producers, we were seriously happy to see this move finally happen, but it turns out that Play Music integration was only one component to Google's new love affair with all things podcast. Today the company shares another way it's making it easier for listeners to connect with the ...

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    While Apple reaps the largest profit margins of the mobile industry on devices powered by a closed platform, it’s no big secret the overwhelming majority of global smartphone users favor an open-source ecosystem. But the European Union has embarked on an important quest several years ago, aiming to analyze the degree at which Google is in reality “open” to Android alteration. After alleging the search giant abuses its power to force hardware manufacturers to endorse various secondary services over software products developed by competitors, the EU has just drafted a “Statement of ...

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    The voice assistants on our smartphones wouldn't be possible without advanced speech-synthesis tech, allowing the software behind these systems to turn responses into natural-sounding spoken replies. And while today's Cortanas, Siris, and all their peers do an admirable job, there's always the desire to add a little more of a human-sounding element to the process, keeping them from sounding like robots. Google's been working on just those kind of improvements, and in a new video shows us how it's bringing a new and improved voice to Google Now and its voice-driven search. We get to see ...

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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 finds itself in a special position as the company heading up the world's biggest smartphone platform, yet its core business is in neither consumer hardware nor mobile software. OK, so it's arguably an advertising company, first and foremost, but its roots are in search, and search continues to be a key component of many of its other pursuits. Certainly, we've seen plenty of ways Google's tried to leverage its success with search to help better serve the other corners of its ecosystem, and on mobile that's meant a lot of crossover with apps: that's extended from in-app search results ...

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    How many different sensors are packed into your smartphone? It can detect acceleration, magnetic heading, gravity, and sometimes even atmospheric pressure. With so many sensors at our disposal, there are no shortage of apps looking to turn all that raw data into useful info – sometimes in ways the manufacturer may not have even anticipated, like co-opting 3D Touch to turn your smartphone into a makeshift scale. This week we learn of a new trick Google's search app has picked up, one that lets you use your phone as a bubble (spirit) level, without the need for any external app. All you've ...

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    Is there a future for smart wearables that lack a screen? Whether we're talking smartwatches or headsets like Google Glass, displays are often an integral part of wearable tech, and even when we primarily communicate with a device via voice, we like to get visual output, even if it's accompanied by a spoken response. But some companies have been experimenting with audio-only devices, and besides the efforts we've seen from various startups, some big companies have been experimenting with the tech, like the rumors we've heard about Microsoft's Clip project. In a new report on the evolving ...

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    Google's built its empire on its ability to connect users with the information they're looking for, and even in these days of Android, smartwatches, and self-driving cars, search is still the core of the company's business. But over the years the internet's content has been moving away form purely web-based homes to turning up in apps themselves – and Google's had to keep up with that change in order for its search results to stay relevant. A couple years back we saw Google Search start delivering links that pointed within apps, and now the company's taking that one step further, ...

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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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    Google is web search around here. Below all the smartphones and IoT devices and Fiber and that kind of goodness, Alphabet makes money having Google put up advertisements to those who look for things on this here internet. But where that traffic comes from matters and with the introduction of full-scale ad-blocking on iOS 9 (which Google Play has previously shunned), we have some issues to chew over. The big news comes from Amit Singhal, Google SVP of search, at re/code's Code/Mobile conference: // This summer for the first time we are getting more searches on mobile devices than desktop, ...

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    A little knowledge is a powerful thing, and here in the States, restaurants have been getting a lot more transparent about what they're feeding us in recent years. While you once may have acted only on the intuition that your Double Whopper probably didn't make for the most diet-friendly lunch, these days it's comparatively easy to get some nice hard numbers about calorie count, fat content, and sodium levels. Now Google's helping to make this information even more available, as it teaches its search tools to provide users with nutrition data from lots of popular chains. Pull out your ...

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    Android's voice search features are already pretty powerful, and with word of Google Now on Tap arriving at I/O the other week, it sounds like the voice-driven Android experience is only getting better. But while we're still waiting for Now on Tap to be ready for public release, Google's got another big upgrade it's deploying right now, as it brings location awareness to Google Search. With location services enabled on your phone, Google can now answer questions with contextual awareness of where your are at the moment. That means that if you're in a mall and wonder how much longer you ...

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    Google is not only the most popular search engine in the world, but also the one that's fastest at innovating with new features for users. A really cool service that Android users had exclusively was to get app suggestions whenever they searched for something. For example, getting suggestions to download Yelp whenever users searched for restaurant information. We say, "had exclusively" because the service just expanded, or at least it sort of did. Google has just announced that it'll now give iOS users app suggestions for search queries as well. The only catch is that the service will ...

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    The way we access the web is changing. For a growing number of people, their usage patterns are already heavily skewed towards mobile, and for many, mobile access is the primary way they get online. Google's all too aware of this, and we've already seen the company take steps to highlight content that's optimized for mobile consumption, like the way it started noting mobile-friendly sites in search results last fall. Today it's taking things one step further, making adjustments to its ranking algorithm that will award more favorable placement to sites that offer mobile-optimized layouts. ...

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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's launch of the Knowledge Graph three years ago has proven to be the back bone of what makes Google Search services so popular. Its ability to place a specific meaning to the words you search, instead of interpreting a string of characters, has allowed Google Search to provide useful and related information at the right of each search that you do. One of the biggest search topics that Google has detected in recent times is people searching for health-related information, and the company has decided to do something about it. In the next few days you'll notice that your ...

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    Every time we've seen Apple partner with Google on something, the results have proven to be positive. We wish we could say the same about every time Apple has decided to stop using Google for any particular service, but historically, Apple has never succeeded at it. Just as we recently discussed how Apple might be working on its own version of Street View, it seems Cupertino is now out for more. A recent job posting has Apple searching for a project manager that will work on "a search platform supporting hundreds of millions of users" and "play a part in revolutionizing how people use ...

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    We're no stranger to Google updating its software on Wednesdays, and each week we look forward to news of a few apps picking up a tweak, bugfix, or new feature here and there. While normally that means a handful of apps being tapped for updates, this week's lineup is a bit larger than most, with at least a dozen Android apps seeing updates headed their way today. This isn't necessarily an exhaustive list, but new updates are available today for Blogger, Chrome (as well as Chrome Beta), Gmail, Google+, Maps, Messenger, News & Weather, Play Games, Play Music, Search, and Text-to-Speech. ...

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    The voice search functionality built into Google Search is one of those really convenient features that keeps getting better; in the past week alone, we've seen hotword detection expand to include new languages, and witnessed the arrival of new voice-actuated media controls. Now Google's cluing us in to another feature it's delivered for voice search, letting you use voice commands to refine a query. Google's already offered a degree of contextual awareness in how it interprets voice searches, and the feature it's talking about today expands on that by letting you offer corrections when it ...

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    Google's “OK Google” hotword detection makes using Search a breeze, giving you a hands-free way to initiate things. Its biggest limitation, though, has been just how narrow the scope of where you can use it really is: only from the home screen or within the Search app itself. Two months back (to the day, in fact) we first heard the rumors that “OK Google Everywhere” would be coming to Search in the future, expanding that hotword detection to work from within pretty much any app on your phone. Today, amidst all the I/O goings-on, a new Search update has begun rolling out that ...

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    Being able to speak aloud to your smartphone can be a fantastic way to interact with it: it's fast, it can be surprisingly accurate, and honestly it's just a bit of fun – feeling like you're living in the future. Of course all this is hinged on it being able to understand you in the first place, and supporting a language becomes a whole lot more complicated when we consider all the widely varying dialects people use. Google is working on making its Voice Search more accessible to English speakers around the world, and today reveals its latest efforts to improve recognition among Indian ...

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    Have you ever searched for a food item using Google, and thought to yourself how much nicer the experience would be if you could narrow your search by ingredients? Neither have we, but we definitely can think of situations where having this possibly-new feature of Google Search could be handy. By searching for a food item, heading into Search tools, and tapping "Ingredients," you'll be sent to a checklist with ingredients for that particular food item -- handy for those with allergies. The example provided by a tweet posted by the Android team shows a search for lasagna having options such ...

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