Google Search for Android TV pops up as a standalone app

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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.


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Google Search can now provide love quotes and flip a virtual coin

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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.


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Google launches Search app for Android TV

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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.


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Google Search updates messes with alarms, turning them off in some cases

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This could prove to be a little troublesome for users of alarms within Android. The latest update to Google Search seemingly breaks the hands-free alarms and timers. Before, hitting the “Set alarm” and “Set timer” button was not necessary but now some are required to do so. If not, the device will not set anything and notify you when it should. The reason we say “some” is because there are users experiencing the issue while others are not. It is a spotty bug. The Google Search app is also having a problem setting these alarms and timers for dedicated clock apps.

So this is a public service announcement to go and check your alarms. Otherwise, you may not get up for work tomorrow morning. Not that you would want to do that, right?

Via: Android Central

Teenagers use voice commands most often and really want to order pizza

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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


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Google testing doctor video chats with Search

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Need a medical condition explained to you a little bit better? Or do you have a question? Google can help with that by providing professional help. A trial feature being discovered by some users of Google Search shows that Google is offering video chats with doctors. The button to engage in a video chat appears when looking up a medical condition. During the trial period, Google is covering all costs to video chat with a doctor. This is all connected to the Helpouts by Google service that connects curious people with professionals and experts.

Does being directed to a doctor for a video chat appeal to you? Let us know in the comments.

Source: /r/Google
Via: Phandroid

Google Search will now listen for multiple languages at the same time

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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 Search updated to version 3.6 with new app deep linking and hints of a hands free mode

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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.
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