Google constantly updates Google Now, tweaking small things under the hood, normally without us even knowing it. But with Android 4.4 and the Nexus 5, we’ll see some major changes brought to how the app works, which Android and Chrome OS chief Sundar Pichai explained at a press conference this afternoon.
The plan is the seamlessly blend search results with the apps already installed on your device. For example, when searching for a restaurant, instead of Google Now bringing you to the clunky OpenTable mobile site, you’ll have the app opened with exactly what you’re looking for, right then and there. Same goes for the AllRecipes app when looking for recipes, and a select number of apps. The new features should roll out by mid-November, and an API will also be released which will allow all developers to enable their apps for this functionality.
Not only search results features are getting an upgrade— we’re going to see some big advances in speech recognition as well. The Nexus 5 will be able to be woken up by saying “OK, Google,” as is done on the Moto X. Google Now will also ask you questions to clarify your input, such as “which Jennifer?” and “mobile or work?” Google promises that speech recognition will be making 25 percent fewer work errors than last year. Mistakes will also have easy fixes, as you can simply highlight and change the incorrect word.
Accessibility is changing, too. It’s not secret that Google is, first and foremost, a search engine. Therefore, they want you to be able to access Google Now as easily as possible on Android devices. On the Nexus 5, you can pull up the app by swiping to the right on the home screen, or from the bottom of the screen. Location-based suggestions will also be improved, which will integrate apps to help you where you currently are located.
Source: The Verge