Google Now will alert you if there is a traffic incident along your route

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Google just keeps making Google Now better. With this latest update to this Google Search app, Google Now will be able to send you alerts if there is an incident that has halted traffic on your route. If this sounds familiar, it is because Google-owned Waze already does the very same thing. As you can see in the example above, Google Now is actually collecting the information directly from Waze. Whether it is roadwork or an accident, Google Now will alert you.

Looks like Google is finally putting Waze to work, right?

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New Google Now voice command will launch your camera

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google_now_cameraGoogle Now constantly has new updates to enhance the service’s functionality, and the latest one will let you open your device’s camera by simply tapping the microphone and saying “Ok Google,” then “take a photo” or “take a video.” It’s a simple addition that probably should have been included a while ago.

The update is launching through one of Google’s infamous staged rollout programs, so if you don’t have the Google Search update now, you will eventually.

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Google Search app updated with expanded card information, better image searching, and other new features

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Google has updated their Search app with a handful of new features, so you’ll likely start seeing a few new additions as you get the update. A majority of the new changes are in Google Now’s information cards, including extra information for Cricket teams, sports card improvements, and expandable information in cards relating to stock information. Outside of the Now cards, Google has improved image searching, adding in the ability to open an image in a browser to quickly save it. One of the biggest pain points of Google image searching with the app was that it was impossible to save a picture if you needed to store it for later, so this addition is a welcome one. Google has also separated hotword detection in the settings to make it quicker to toggle.

Like other Google app updates, you can expect this one to roll out over the next few days. Hit the link below to see if the update is live for you yet.

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Google Voice Search now understands ‘call my wife’, ‘call mom’, and more

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If you use the Google Voice Search, you will be happy to know that you can now easily call people based on their relationship to you. For example, if you want to call your wife, you can simply say, “Okay Google, call my wife.” It will work with texting too. You’re probably wondering how on earth Google knows who your wife is?

Well they don’t, you have to set each relationship with the appropriate contact. Just say the command and you will be prompted to opt into the program if it’s your first time. Then say it one more time, and if none of your contacts are registered with that relationship, Google will ask you to select a contact.

This isn’t limited to spouses or parents. It will work for a girlfriend, boyfriend, brother, sister, grandmother, and grandfather. You can even choose someone for “my honey.” It’s pretty slick, give it a try.

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Google Search update brings new commands and Olympics cards to Google Now

by Justin Herrick on
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A few days after the update went live, we are finally starting to see some more additions to the Google Search app. While Google Now currently alerts users when a set event is approaching, it will now notify when the best time to leave to arrive on time. So Google Now will make sure you make it to a doctor’s appointment, dinner reservation, or airport in a timely fashion. Also added to Google Now is the voice command to call or text contacts. Say “Call Justin” and the device will do so. If you have contacts with overlapping names, it will ask you to clarify.

With the Olympics taking over the world for the next few weeks, Google has added cards pertaining to the games. French, German, Japanese, and Korean languages are all supported. So if you are away from a TV or computer, cue Google Now and check out what’s going on in Sochi easily.

Google Search app updated, Google Experience Launcher rebranded to Google Now Launcher

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The Google Search app has been updated bringing the usual bug fixed and improvements, but it also adds hotword support for British and Canadian English. The Google Experience Launcher also gets updated with a new name. It’s now called the Google Now Launcher, which could mean that a Play Store launch is imminent. Some of the updates for the launcher include new Google Now Launcher name on the splash screen start up, 6 columns on tablet home screens, AirBNB reservations in Google Now, and icon imports from old home screens.

If you have the Nexus 5, the launcher will get updated automatically and you won’t see the new branding, but if you are using the old Google Experience Launcher on another device, we have the update below. Of course you can install it even if you haven’t tried it before. Either way, you will need the Android 4.1+ and the original Google Home Launcher app installed in order to see the Google Now Launcher. We have download links after the break.

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Google Voice Search gets multi-language update

by Jared Peters on
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Google Voice Search is finally getting an update that adds in support for languages besides just English. Previously, any questions you asked Google would get an English response, but now if you ask a question in French, for example, Google will read back results in French. If English isn’t your first language, this can make the entire Google search experience significantly better for you.

This update adds in support for French, German, and Japanese languages, and Google is committed to getting more languages and translations built in.

source: Inside Search

Google starting to connect Search with apps

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Google has announced some new improvements to Google Search that may make using a smartphone a little easier. When using Google Search, if a result includes information that may be included in an app on your device, the search results will now indicate the app and provide a handy button to launch the app directly from the results. The example Google provides is a search for information on a movie. They point out that detailed information and trivia about a movie may be included in the IMDb app, box office information may be accessed via Wikipedia’s app, and ratings and review information could be in the Rotten Tomatoes app. Google’s search function will now be able to alert you to the fact that the information can be found in an app instead of surfing out to the web.

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Google has integrated Google Search heavily into the Google Launcher on KitKat

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Here’s some interesting information about the Google Experience launcher Android 4.4; it’s basically just a front-end for Google Search. Thanks to some code digging over at Ars Technica, Google Search is drawing everything you see on your home screen and handling all of the information. There’s still a Google Home apk, but it essentially just forwards all of the information to Google Search.

This makes it a little different than just adding a few extra search widgets on the home screen, mainly because of how it’s going to integrate into Android. First off, Google Search is updated through the Play Store, so this Google Home should likely be made available in the Play Store before long. It also means that any popular device that ships with Google Apps (even the heavily skinned phones like the S 4 and HTC One) will be able to take advantage of Google Home and bring a more stock experience to any device.

This is a pretty sneaky move to push stock Android onto every phone, but like how Google is handling their Play Services, it’s an excellent way to make sure that they can update devices with just a Play Store update instead of manufacturer-and-carrier approved OTA updates.

source: Ars Technica

Google Search will now give episode information for TV shows

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Google is always enhancing their search results, and starting today, when you search for a TV show, you will get some useful additional info. Searching for a TV show will now show episode information in the results, including episode numbers, names, and air dates. If you click on the episode name, you will get relevant results on that specific episode. It’s a very useful new feature in Google’s goal to have everything accessible to you through their Knowledge Graph.

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