Posts tagged with: Google Search
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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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    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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    Google Search may not be an app a lot of us think about very often, if only because of how baked-in it can be to our phones; saying “OK Google” to begin a voice search is a world removed from an application you need to pick out of your launcher. But despite a tendency to fly under the radar, Search is a key component to Google's Android services, and updates can bring some significant changes. Today one hits Google Play with the only differences described as “bug fixes and performance improvements,” but we're already learning about some more interesting developments. For one, ...

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    Google Search has really grown from a low-key way to conduct regular web searches through a convenient app interface into a core component of the Android experience, using voice search and Google Now to deliver some really impressive results. Google's always working to add little improvements to the types of listings you'll see, and today we learn of a couple new changes designed to both help with app discovery and let you make better use of the apps you have. For starters, Google Search will now display results including app listings from the Play Store. We're pleased to see this isn't ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's new update to the Windows Phone search app that many have waited for the longest time. We later talk about Android, some leaks to its source code, and some possible updates that include RAW photo support, along with a new API. Qualcomm follows the news as the company has just released a smartwatch that's being dubbed the Toq. Apple follows the news as the company has just released iOS 7.1 beta to developers. We end today's show talking about the iPad mini With Retina Display, some complaints about its color reproduction, and what to ...

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