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
Today Google announced that Google Express (formerly known as Google Shopping Express) has launced in Boston, Chicago and Washington, D.C. bringing a ton of new retailers with it. For those unfamiliar with the service, it is a same-day delivery service that lets you order from multiple local retailers and have the products delivered by Google themselves. The service does not mark-up any of the products but does require a membership fee of $95/year or $10/month. There is also a $4.99 per-order pay-as-you-go option, and a three-month trial for new users.
If you happened to watch last night’s Walking Dead episode online, you might have noticed a few new ads from Google. Yup, they quietly released these because they like having fun with us.
There are three 30 second ads in all with the first one revealing the Nexus 6 with Android L navigation buttons and a new ringtone, while the second one shows the Nexus 9. You will also notice the “Be Together, Not The Same” theme here implying that the Nexus 6 is very big and might not be for everyone. The third ad continues this theme, but doesn’t reveal any of the devices.
The future of Xiaomi is not found in its homeland China. The company is looking at new markets for expansion. It is one of the reasons that Hugo Barra made the jump from Google to Xiaomi. Now, another former Googler is heading out to join Barra. Xiaomi has hired Jai Mani, who worked on Google Play and other items from 2009 until 2013, to lead the Chinese company into India. Barra and Mani do have a history of working with one another at Google.
Here is some of what Hugo Barra had to say about Mani’s hiring:
“The first person we hired is someone who’s going to be the glue between our users in India, product feedback that we receive, and the engineering team we have in Beijing as well as the engineering team that we are going to be building fairly soon in India.”
Via: Digits (The Wall Street Journal)
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.
Nothing is easy in the tech business, but apparently wearables are even more difficult. When sitting down with Vanity Fair, Google X’s Astro Teller explained what he and the company has learned. The toughest part is getting people to change their habits in order to put on a wearable. Teller said that wearables will “eventually be a part our lives, but there’s this mantra that there’s no point wearing something on your body—because that’s a big ask.” It is just taking quite some time to get there.
We have heard rumors that October 15th could be the day we finally get to officially see the HTC-made Nexus 9, and we just got further confirmation, and a bonus….the price. BSN is reporting that Google will introduce the Nexus 9 on October 15, but unfortunately it won’t be available until November 3rd for $399
That is contrary to what we have seen in recent years. Generally, when Google introduces a new device, it’s available for order the same day or at least the next day.
Google filed a request earlier this week seeking a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that pits the tech giant against another powerhouse in technology, Oracle. The case involves parts of Java that Oracle claims copyright over and believes Google has violated when building the Android operating system. While the dollar figure in dispute, $1 Billion, is sizable, Google is framing the question as key to the ability for tech companies to innovate.
Google is in the process of incorporating a new feature into Google+ which will allow its users to add a poll to their posts. This means they will no longer have to link to an external service such as Survey Monkey to gather results for a questionnaire — it can all be done on the social network itself.
Google has released a new video highlighting their most recent “experiment” with their Google Maps product. For this latest attempt to bring some fun to Maps users, Google strapped a Street View camera on the back of a camel and set it off wandering through the Liwa Desert in the United Arab Emirates. The location is about 150 km (93 miles) south west of Abu Dhabi near the Persian Gulf coast.