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.
If you’ve ever wanted to contact an establishment from a Google search result, but didn’t have the time to wait for an email or the attention for a phone call, then Google has just what you need: Hangouts.
A user on reddit has posted about his experience as a new employee with a company that has access to voice recordings that he claims are commands given to mobile devices. According to this individual, some of the recordings specifically refer to Siri, Apple’s voice-activated search and command app. The reddit poster also implicates Microsoft’s solution, Cortana, and other posters have pointed out that Google is also saving Google Now commands. Although this user has access to the recordings, the employer is none of these major companies.
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.
The next time you cue Google Search to learn about a company or musician, pay attention to the results. The search engine now includes a Profiles section for all social media profiles that company or musician has. Services included in this new section are Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Myspace. So it makes things much easier than hopping between apps to find each account. Just perform a search and tap the link to each service.
Hit the break to see a GIF of the feature at work.
Fans of Game of Thrones have a new way to get a bit of the HBO hit show into their daily lives thanks to an update to Google search. When using the Google search app on Android or iOS devices, users can say “Hodor” and they will get a “HODOR!” response from the app. Even on desktop search, if voice search has been activated, Google will respond with an info card full of “Hodor.”
Along with the nod to Hodor, Google also added some new functions to search. You can ask Google to “roll a die” (dice will work as well) and the search results will give you the results of the roll. Thus far that function is limited to a single six-sided die. Google can also “flip a coin” in response to the command. Finally, if you need a romantic quote on short notice, you can ask Google for a love quote and get something appropriate.
Google has finally added a much needed option to finding apps in the Play Store: filtering apps by ratings.
Normally if you’re looking for a new app, you’d have to scroll through every app on the Play Store. If any of you have done that for more than five minutes, you probably know there’s just as much junk and spam as actual apps. Fortunately, most of those apps get poor ratings and it’s easy to see bad apps from a distance, but with this new filter, you won’t even have to see those apps.
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.
The “OK Google” command on both Android and Chrome has been expanding in both use and languages lately, and today, Google has announced 9 new compatibles languages to activate the service. Hit the break for the full list:
According to a new rumor, Google Now will grasp events posted on other Google apps such as Gmail and Hangouts and then ask if you’d like the event to be added to your calendar.
The information will be clearly displayed to the user as to where the event was taken from and if the user would like to edit the event prior to adding it to the calendar such that when a recipient tells you about a time and location, Google will take that information and allow you to edit it beforehand. The image at the top of the article is a dummy interface of this rumored feature.