Google Search update brings new commands and Olympics cards to Google Now

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A few days after the update went live, we are finally starting to see some more additions to the Google Search app. While Google Now currently alerts users when a set event is approaching, it will now notify when the best time to leave to arrive on time. So Google Now will make sure you make it to a doctor’s appointment, dinner reservation, or airport in a timely fashion. Also added to Google Now is the voice command to call or text contacts. Say “Call Justin” and the device will do so. If you have contacts with overlapping names, it will ask you to clarify.

With the Olympics taking over the world for the next few weeks, Google has added cards pertaining to the games. French, German, Japanese, and Korean languages are all supported. So if you are away from a TV or computer, cue Google Now and check out what’s going on in Sochi easily.

Hangouts receives update that fixes SMS and MMS bugs

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The latest entrant into Google’s Wednesday wave of app updates is Hangouts. The messaging app has been updated to fix issues when sending and receiving MMS messages. SMS messages, on the other hand, have been fixed as well to prevent issues with messages that exceed 160 characters. Earlier, Google Search and Google Drive were updated.

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Google Drive update brings along a tiny widget for document scanning, animated GIF support

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Google Drive is receiving an update today that brings small, useful additions alongside some bug fixes. First up is a new 1×1 widget that links directly to the document scanning feature within Google Drive. Also added in the update is the support for animated GIFs. And, as most updates do, unidentified bug fixes are included.

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Pandora finally receives Alarm Clock feature, lets you wake up to your favorite station

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To ring in the New Year, Pandora has received an update that brings a long-awaited feature for many users. The Alarm Clock feature does exactly what the name suggests. It starts to play music from Pandora with a station preset by the user. And it does it all right from the lockscreen. So if you need to get some more sleep, there is no digging through to hit the snooze button. Beyond that core feature, you can select what days the feature is activated for and set a sleep timer.

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Waze partners with Universal Pictures, brings celebrity voice navigation

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Want comedian Kevin Hart to give you driving directions? He can with Waze. Google’s other navigation service has teamed up with Universal Pictures to allow celebrities to guide you through your travels. The reason Kevin Hart is first up is because of his upcoming film Ride Along, appropriately named, that he costars with Ice Cube. Universal Pictures is likely paying some money to have Hart and the film’s name featured in the app. To activate this feature, head over to Settings/Sound/”English – Ride Along”.

Rather than just relying on data, Waze crowdsources information from other drivers. Users share traffic and accident reports, speed limit markers, stationed police, and hazards for others to know of; therefore, you can travel accordingly.

Source: VentureBeat

Todoist receives a handy update, now works with Google Now to keep you productive

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Todoist has received an update today that adds Android 4.4 KitKat, Google Now, and DashClock widget support. When we reviewed it last spring, we had an issue with the productivity of actually setting a reminder. But now, the integration with Google Now seems to fix that. Simply call-up Google Now and say “note to…” followed by your task/reminder. And to remind you yet again of what is on your agenda, there is integration to place a DashClock widget on your lockscreen. To get your hands on the productive update, hit the break for download links. » Read the rest

Android KitKat may bring refreshed Downloads app

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Rumors continue to swirl around the upcoming release of Android 4.4 KitKat and tonight’s latest involves the Downloads app. According to a leaked screenshot, the new version transitions the app to use the Holo Light color scheme, which should probably not be surprising given all the Google apps moving away from the dark theme. The screenshot also shows the new version of the app incorporates a proper action bar, with the sort button located on it instead of as a separate button at the bottom of the app.

It is not clear from the screen shots whether it will be possible to quickly Select All files with one button tap or whether users will still have to individually check each item. The screenshot does seem to suggest the possibility of arranging file icons in a grid instead of as a list. We also do not know whether any new sort options may be available.

source: Android Police

Feedly (RSS Reader) gets major update, drops the beta label, adds new features

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Feedly has been the go to RSS reader for many of our readers (especially those of you with Google Reader accounts). A few days ago Feedly updated their Android app and brought in a ton of great new features and a cleaner, faster, more fluid experience. The first thing you’ll notice when you open the app is that the word “beta” has now been dropped from the splash screen (the background of the splash screen has also been changed to black). Instead of swiping from left to right to browse through your available articles, you swipe from top to bottom. When you get to the bottom of a page of articles, the page you’re on swipes away from the top, and the next page appears from underneath it (like a deck of cards). It’s a pretty smooth experience. While within an article, swipe left or right to read the next article, or swipe up from the bottom to close the article. If you’re wanting to find new content, swipe from the right bezel of the screen to pull up the “store” where you can find new content (all free of charge). Swipe from the left bezel to pull out your “subscribed feeds” list. Feedly has also added a new widget and layouts for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. In all, it’s a really fluid and high quality experience with some nice eye candy. Best of all it’s absolutely free! Download Feedly by using the QR code or download link below.

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Falcon Pro gets update and adds white theme and multi-window support

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Falcon Pro made our list of best looking apps a few weeks ago, and today the popular Twitter app got an update making it look even nicer. Today’s update adds a beautiful new white theme to the mix, along with multi-window support for Galaxy Note and Galaxy S III devices. Besides the new theme there is the normal gamut of bug fixes and minor UI tweaks as the developers of Falcon Pro continue to make the app better and better. No wonder it’s one of the best Twitter apps around.  Check out the screen shots and the QR code/download link after the break.

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Light Flow adds 61 new compatible apps, and multiple calendar support in latest update

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Light Flow, an app that allows you to control your notification light and sounds, got a significant update today. Light Flow is now compatible with 61 new applications and adds support for users who use multiple calendars (in Android 4.0 and above). The app can be yours for $2.49 in the Google Play store, and there is also a free version with some limitations. Hit the break to see if any of your favorite apps have been added to Light Flow, and if you decide to buy it, use the QR code below.

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