Google introduced a new level of search at the Google I/O 2016 keynote today. Noting that a combination of technologies including better voice recognition, natural language processing, translation, and machine learning have advanced the state of search far beyond the blue links produced by Google when they first launched, Google is calling the new capabilities the Google Assistant. A hallmark of the new Google Assistant is the conversational nature that makes it seem more like a two-way dialogue that is occurring between users and their computer devices. Read more
Google has released a new Google Now On Tap ad, showing you how the feature reduces tediousness and makes things all that much more convenient!
Whether you use one or not, personal assistant apps are becoming part of many people’s everyday lives. Using just your voice, personal assistants allow you to carry out small everyday tasks. They can also provide you with key information right when you need it.
A new option appears to be rolling out to the Google Now app that gives users a new tool to customize the cards that appear. The change primarily involves the section on “Stories to Read” which is mostly built based on other interests you have indicated you have as well as your web browsing history. The new change adds an option to block cards from specific sources. Read more
Google is experimenting with homescreen shortcuts using the weather as an example. Some users have reported the existence of a card in Google Now asking you to add a weather shortcut to your homescreen.
A new study has revealed that less than one third of Android phone owners make use of Google Now’s voice recognition software. Read more
Anyone who uses Google Now has obviously seen the weather card. It’s basically white and grey and shows the weather. Nothing too fancy, but gets the job done. However, it looks like Google is testing an improved weather card with updated graphics.
Digital assistants are popping up all over the place, whether it be Google Now, Apple’s Siri, Hound by SoundHound, and now Microsoft’s Cortana. Google even recently made their own digital assistant even better with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The search giant introduced Google Now On Tap, which makes the search giant’s digital assistant much more contextual and powerful. While this update might make Google Now stand out from the crowd, it’s much too dependent on what version of Android you’re on and what smartphone you have.
Google Now is a victim of Android’s own fragmentation problem, making more independent options like Hound much more useful. Microsoft recently launched Cortana for Android, Redmond’s very own digital assistant, and the company believes that it might just have what it takes to compete with Google Now and make a name for itself in a not-so-useful market of digital assistants.
How does Cortana stack up against the rest? Find out below.
A Google employee speaking over on Reddit has revealed a free bubble level tool within Google Search and Google Now, activated simply by searching for, not surprisingly, “bubble level”. Read more
Google is introducing a new way to take screenshots, one that will be accessible to anyone with an Android device that is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above. The contextual arm of Google Now, known as Google Now on Tap, now has a dedicated share button to take a screenshot of your display before choosing which app to share it with.
This finally gives every owner of an Android device an identical way to take a screenshot. Before, devices with physical buttons could vary from a combination between the home button, power button, and volume rocker. Now all that needs to be done is Now on Tap’s activation.