For multilingual folks, using Google Search can be a little bit of a hassle. The voice search feature would only support a single language at any given time. If another language was necessary, they would have to go through the settings and change the default language. Google has realized that one language at a time is not practical and has opened up the amount of simultaneous language support. Now, a user can have Google Search prepared to listen to five languages all at once. You can change languages in the middle of a search and it will still return accurate results (to the best of its ability).
Via: Android Police
Google is pushing out an update to Google Search, bringing the app to version 3.6. This is a really minor update with the only visible change being the ability for developers to deep link app information through Android’s linking API. This basically means you’ll be able to be linked directly to content in another app, if you have it installed and the developer has implemented it within their own application.
A week ago we received hints at a new standalone Google Hands-Free application from a Google+ post. Now, thanks to Google search, we’ve found a new hint towards how this new app will fit in with the Android OS. Users can open up the Google Search App and search for “hands free.” They will be greeted with a card in the process of opening, but it will stall out until an action is taken and the process is cancelled. We still don’t know when the app will be released, or any of its features, but it seems like Google will release it to the world any day now.
Source: Android Police
One of the best features of Google Search is its ability to reach into Gmail and utilize information to tailor a personal experience for a user. For example, this means that the service can track packages for you by using shipping confirmation details. The latest addition to Google Search takes advantage of hotel confirmation emails. With hotel confirmation sitting in Gmail, Google Search can help you navigate the surrounding area. It can show you places to eat and then quickly provide directions back to the hotel. So instead of searching and narrowing down details to receive optimal content, Google is serving users directly with data that already exists.
Has Google Now ever misheard a word you meant to say?
Chances are, it has. Although the service is pretty damn accurate, it’s still a developing technology and has a ways to go before being perfect. Google knows its product isn’t perfect, and in addition to improving voice recognition in Google Search, it has now added a “no I said ___” command for when the app mishears something you said.
Google talked a lot about using Google Now in different products at their keynote earlier today, but they didn’t mention the newest update to Google Search that’s rolling out on Android devices. The latest update ramps up the capabilities of the “OK Google” hotword detection by setting it up to work anywhere on your phone instead of just on the home screen or in the search app. Now you’ll be able to tell Google to do anything from your text messages app, Angry Birds, or anywhere else on your device. There were some rumors that this would be coming to Search earlier this year, and it’s finally been implemented.
Figuring out what apps have your favorite artists and tunes just got a whole lot easier. Performing a search with Google Search regarding a particular artist will return results that can redirect you to music streaming apps that are already installed on your device. The list are apps that contain songs with that particular artist. Currently, the function works in the United States with Rdio, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Google Play, TuneIn, and YouTube.
Source: Inside Search (Official Google Search blog)
Google has added a very useful feature into desktop search that will make getting in touch with businesses much easier. Now whenever you look up a place online, whether that’s a retail store or a restaurant, you’ll be able to click to call that business directly from the search results page. The call is placed through Google Hangouts and is completely free inside the US. International calls will cost a small fee.
It’s a not a huge feature, but it’s still a very useful tweak to have.
source: Mayur Kamat
via: The Next Web
Today on a few Android social media accounts, Google has decided to show that searching for ingredients to a recipe is a piece of cake. Exposing the necessary ingredients requires you to search for the item, hit More, Search tools, and then a bar of items will appear at the top of the page. From there, choose ingredients and there you have it. You don’t even have to add the words “recipes” or “ingredients” to the search, just the item will do fine.
Google has been consistently expanding its Search application since the introduction of Google Now. It seems as though the company is interested in implementing an “always on” listening mode so that users can access relevant information without looking at or touching his or her device, being referred to as Android Eyes Free, internally.