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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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    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 has done a great job with its voice search options for both Android, and now iOS. There still are small details here and there where Siri is superior to the service, but the company has made gigantic leaps in the last couple of months with its recent updates to the service. Today Google Search reaches version 4.0 on iOS, and here's the list of enhancements. Probably the coolest update is that now Google Search follows conversations, like if you ask it for the weather today, you can then ask for the weekend information, and it'll understand that it's about the weather. It also ...

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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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    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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    The voice control offered through Google Search lets Android users perform dozens of tasks by simply speaking their requests aloud. Need to set an alarm for the morning? It's as easy as saying “Ok Google, set alarm for 9am.” Or want to watch the film you just bought through Google Play Movies? You need only tell your phone as much. But for as much as is capable with this system, it's easy to feel a little disappointed at the number of seemingly simple tasks that would be incredibly useful to complete via voice command, yet the option's not available to us. It's not there quite yet, but ...

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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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    Voice control for smartphones continues to evolve, and projects like Android Wear help really spell-out just how ubiquitous voice commands are about to get in the years to come. Today we learn about a small, but still pretty neat change coming to Google Search on your smartphone, letting you pull up you phone's camera app with the sound of your voice. All you have to do is tell Google to “take a picture” or “record a video,” and your phone's camera will fire up in the mode you mentioned, all ready for you to start capturing some memories. Sure, it's not as powerful as something ...

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    We can already use Google to find information about just about anything – there's nothing new there. But in recent years, where Google's really been shining is in thinking up new ways to better present that information to us. That's led to things like Google Now and its card view, and today we learn about another improvement that's hitting Google Search, as it learns to display interactive menus. How many times have you been looking for a place to eat and struggled to find a conveniently accessible menu online? Maybe you end up tracking one down, but you're out of luck, as it's only ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's recent updates to Google Search for Android, which are all quite cool. Samsung follows the news as the company has begun teasing what to expect for its Unpacked event at MWC. Then we talk about HTC and the leaks of the M8 in photos. The iPhone 6 and Galaxy S 5 take the stage next as reports have both devices sporting a bezel-less fingerprint scanning display. We end today's show talking about the SDK leaks of Windows Phone 8.1, and the big list of features to expect. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Windows Phone 8.1 SDK ...

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    Last week, we saw Google deliver an update to Google Search, gaining support for UK English and putting some changes in place that sure seemed to hint at broader availability of the Nexus 5's launcher (picking up the name “Google Now Launcher” in the process). What we didn't get, though, was much in the way of new functionality – even the official release notes only mentioned general bugfixes and tweaks. As it turns out, we didn't have to wait long for Google Search to learn a new trick, and today Google announces that the app's voice recognition is learning to recognize contacts ...

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