The Google app on Android is getting an update to version 4.1 which brings with it the usual suite of bug fixes and the addition of something known as ‘Now Cards‘. This essentially lets you control what cards appear on your Google Now page with the ability to check card history on the web, delete custom preferences or even turn them off.
The dedicated Nest Thermostat apps on Android and iOS are now getting an update which officially brings Google Now support. This essentially means that users of Nest can shoot up Google Now and ask Nest to adjust the temperature levels in the house just by voice commands.
Google is currently pushing out an update for its official Search application via the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, the upgrade brings some great new additions to Now, as well as an appearance transformation complying with the search engine giant’s Material Design guidelines.
Good news for heavy Google Now users; you’re getting two new types of cards in your automatic information feed. Google has added in support for police activity as well as solar eclipses. The police activity is pretty useful, as it shows nearby criminal activity which can give you a heads up on areas or roads to avoid.
The solar eclipse card is pretty weird, but it gives you information on ways you can safely view the eclipse, so that’s pretty cool. Not life changing, but a cool feature regardless.
Fortunately, these cards won’t require an update to the Google Now app (as long as you’re already on the latest version) since the info comes from Google. Keep an eye out and let us know if you see either of them on your device.
via: 9 to 5 Google
Teenagers use voice commands a lot and they really want to order pizza. That is just some of what Google found from its Mobile Voice Study. Google looked at 1,400 smartphone users and how they use voice commands from Google Search, Apple’s Siri, and Microsoft’s Cortana. Teenagers (ages 13-18) use voice commands every day while adults are more inclined to “feel tech savvy” because of it.
Here are some notes from the Mobile Voice Study:
- 55% of teenagers in the United States use voice commands every day
- 45% of adults feel geeky when using voice commands
- 89% of teenagers and 85% of adults believe that voice commands will be “very common” in the future
- 22% of teenagers use voice commands in the bathroom
- 45% of teenagers selected “send me pizza” when told to “pick one thing you wish you could ask your phone to do for you”
- Northeasterners are the most active group to use voice commands — 50% use it at least once per day
Google’s popular conversational search is the best in the game, but that doesn’t mean they’re not looking to improve.
According to a new study by digital Marketing consultant firm Stone Temple, Google Now‘s voice searches trump those of both Siri and Cortana. Stone Temple created some 3,086 different queries to compare all three of these search platform. Rather than being random each question was specifically designed to procure a full answer to the question asked. In those 3,086 queries Google Now returned twice as many enhanced results as the Apple voice assistant and three times that of Cortana, as you can see from the graph below
The capabilities of Google Now expands often. Today, we are finding out that the latest addition to Google Now is a card that monitors flight prices. It works with data found through Google Flight to track a particular flight’s prices. A card will appear when the price changes. Data from other sites is not yet available with this feature. So to take advantage of it, use Google Flight.
Via: Android Police
Google Now is one of Android’s killer features, but it pretty much only works for consumer purposes. For most people, that’s perfectly fine, but in Google’s eyes there is a huge, untapped market for a digital voice assistant for enterprise customers. According to a new report from The Information, Google may be working with HP to bring some type of Google Now for business onto smartphones.
The theory behind using Google Now in an enterprise is that it would be easy for an employee to use voice commands to check out company specific information like product inventory levels without having to manually search for and type things. It’s already easy to use Google Now to check the weather or sports scores, so it makes sense that if it could integrate into a business system, it could be a huge hit. If any company knows about business and enterprise systems, it’s definitely HP, so if this report is true Google picked a pretty solid partner.
It’s pretty annoying when your flight gets delayed, or even cancelled. It’s even more annoying trying to find an alternate flight to get to where you’re going.
But now, you won’t have to worry about it.
Google Now has added an “alternate flights” view after your flight has been delayed or cancelled, which is a pretty convenient addition to the service.