If you thought Google Now as already impressive, it’s getting even better. Today during the keynote at Google I/O 2015, the company unveiled a powerful new feature for Google Now, which will let the digital assistant see what is happening on your screen and take automatic actions based on that information.
Microsoft is announcing that Phone Companion will be bringing Cortana to iOS and Android. The Redmond-based company plans on releasing separate apps for each mobile operating system, moving away from the digital assistant’s exclusivity to Microsoft products.
“OK Google” has changed the world as we know it, or at least the Android world as we know it. Either way, true
fanboys believers know that Google’s voice recognition software is the most robust in the industry and the most capable of understanding regular, colloquial speech.
As voice search continues to evolve, its ability to integrate with apps has also improved. Today, Google announced a further step towards that integration. Third-party developers can now employ custom actions that integrate with voice search without the need to open the app first. Google has roped in a specific set of partners to develop this newfound synergy. And it’s all about synergy, folks. Who these partners are hasn’t been disclosed, but the gif below highlights both NPR and TripAdvisor, so let’s not assume that Google woke up today feeling magnanimous and in the mood to offer free ad space to both parties just for funsies.
Google Now has received several updates over the past few months, bringing along some much needed changes. The most recent addition allowed integration of a myriad of third party apps, letting you get tailored cards from them in the Google Now page. Read more
Google Now is a fantastic way to stay updated on things like stocks, sports scores, or travel times using Google Now Cards. Read more
Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer has reportedly green lighted the launch of a new service to take on Google, Apple and others in the personal assistant/search segment. It is said that this service will be called ‘Index‘ and will take on Google Now, Apple’s Siri and even Cortana from Microsoft. Read more
Google has been testing out a “Trusted Voice” feature for unlocking and navigating your phone with specialized voice recognition, similar to the trusted places feature that’s already present in Google Now. It looks like that feature is starting to rollout to devices now.
The feature supposedly will only respond to your voice and no one else’s, but Google suggests that this feature isn’t as secure as other security features in the app. If you aren’t particularly worried, though, you’ll be able to say “Okay Google” to unlock your device and begin using Google Now. Read more
Owners of Chromebooks running the Chrome OS should expect to see a feature from the Android platform make its way over to their devices before much longer. Google has added support for Google search, including Google Now cards, to the next version of their Chrome Launcher 2.0. Testing of the new launcher is rolling out within the next week for users who are on the Chrome OS Beta Channel. Read more
So, Google Now is a pretty handy app, isn’t it? With its ability to turn our search and location data into useful facts, bringing us the latest scores from our favourite sports teams (or not), reminding us of appointments and even showing us gas stations on the route you are driving, it’s getting more difficult to imagine life before Google Now. With that, we have news that Google Now is set to become even more useful thanks to the planned release of an open API that any app developer will be able to bake into their apps. More details after the break. Read more
Pandora’s latest app update is bringing a pretty useful new feature, especially for those of you that frequently listen to Pandora radio. Now you’ll occasionally start seeing Google Now cards from the app suggesting different radio stations for you to listen to, which has been in the works since Google announced tons of third-party integration in January. Read more