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.
Next time you decide to put together your own cocktail, there is chance that Google Search is all you need. Starting today, the search engine (on mobile devices) will display full recipes for cocktails. To become your own mixologist, just fire up Google Search and input the name of any cocktail. At the top, before any other links appear, Google will provide the ingredients, preparation, and process to make the cocktail.
Google has given away in excess of $7 billion to the developers in the last year alone, so Android apps is certainly a very lucrative business for the developers. The company has now announced the addition of app ads on the Play Store, which will further boost app discovery.
The next time you fire up Google Search on a mobile device, take a good look at the results because there is an interesting addition. In the section at the top where Google houses all of its own aggregated items, a spot for the most relevant content from a single source now appears. So, as seen in the image above, searching “ESPN” will return The Worldwide Leader in Sports’ top stories. It works when searching for sources or topics. The carousel design is used to keep content organized horizontally. Links included are for both articles and videos.
Hit the break to see GIFs of the feature in action.
Admit it! We have all felt certain symptoms and went straight to Google to find out what it could be. You’re not alone because one in 20 Google searches are for health related information.
Now Google is making it easier to find that info you’re looking for by showing you typical symptoms and treatments in the Knowledge Graph. You will also get details about how common the condition is and even if it’s critical or contagious. You might even get an illustration.
Google is currently rolling out a visual refresh to movie searches in the mobile search engine in Chrome. As you can see from the animated gif above, you’ll be treated to a more material designed looking movie search process in mobile search, something that Google has been working toward. Not only that but the cards got a bit more informative.
The next time you search for a particular song’s lyrics on Google, you will most likely see the actual lyrics at the top of the results rather than a bunch of links to other sites. All you have to do is search for the song name with the word “lyrics” and it will appear. An example would be Rock And Roll All Nite Lyrics.
This will obviously hurt such sites as azlyrics.com and songlyrics.com, which usually rank pretty high when searching for lyrics.
This year, the trend for companies has been to release core services as standalone applications because it makes for easier updates. Rather than updating the entire system software, a standalone app can be updated through the Play Store alone. Google Search for Android TV now has a place in the Play Store. It acts as an exploration tool for Android TV to find information and not just content.
Don’t have an Android TV device? Well, the Nexus Player is available through Google Play and it comes with a $20 credit. So now may be the time to make a purchase and reap the benefits.
Hit the break for the gallery and download links.
Need some inspirational love quotes? Try saying, “OK Google….Give me a love quote” and you will get just that. Of course, you might be wondering if you should continue dating that special someone or not, so you can also say, “OK Google….flip a coin” You can also use it to decide whether you should get sausage or pepperoni on that pizza. Both phrases work on mobile as well as the desktop, assuming you are using Google for search. You can also type in your phrase. Give them a try today.
Starting today, Android TV users can download and install a dedicated version of Google’s Search app directly from the Play Store. This application, which has been solely developed for Android TV users, allows them to search for content using their voice, but that’s not all the functionality has to offer.
Hit the break below for the full list of features the Google Search app for Android TV brings to the table.