Following up yesterday’s release of an update to Google’s Play Movies that enables saving movies in low resolution, Google has started pushing out an update to their Play Music app that enables a similar feature for music. Instead of giving users an option to save a smaller file, the app will now prompt users to save their music files to external storage if their device has any available. Google also added a standardized “Share” option to make it easier to keep your friends updated on what you are listening to. The code for this latest update reveals support for the redemption of coupon codes as well, though it is not apparent in the app how that might be done. » Read the rest
Today, an absolutely huge Google Search update started rolling out to all Android devices running Android 4.1 and above. The update is version 3.1.8 and is big for a number of reasons.
First of all, the update brings Google Search version 3 (or 3.1.8) to all devices running Android 4.1 and above. This is the version of Search that comes with KitKat, and brings a new UI, as well as a new refreshed animation. The update also allows the Google Experience Launcher APK to work properly when installed. Hit the break for more information on Search 3.1.8.
If you want to know all the details regarding Glass’ XE11 update, Google has just posted everything on their support site.
Here are some of the highlights:
Personalized search results have been updated, so that you can program “Home” and “Work” to the exact addresses. Directions will now be much more convenient. You can also search your Google Calendar, and see everything that’s coming up on your schedule.
There’s also an updated “swipe to setup” screen. If your device is new, you’ll see this right away but otherwise you’ll have to do a factory reset if you’re really that interested.
When you’re connected to Glass, you’ll also see a shortcut to Screencast in your notifications drawer on your phone.
Long press is also gone. To search, now you can just tap the touchpad three times while the display is off, or say “Ok Glass/Google” from the home screen.
Source: Google Support
Google constantly updates Google Now, tweaking small things under the hood, normally without us even knowing it. But with Android 4.4 and the Nexus 5, we’ll see some major changes brought to how the app works, which Android and Chrome OS chief Sundar Pichai explained at a press conference this afternoon.
The plan is the seamlessly blend search results with the apps already installed on your device. For example, when searching for a restaurant, instead of Google Now bringing you to the clunky OpenTable mobile site, you’ll have the app opened with exactly what you’re looking for, right then and there. Same goes for the AllRecipes app when looking for recipes, and a select number of apps. The new features should roll out by mid-November, and an API will also be released which will allow all developers to enable their apps for this functionality.
Google’s Maps team announced today some new features for the Google Maps preview, including the addition of the most requested feature they have been fielding since the release of the preview. Directions for multiple destinations will begin rolling out to users today. The ability to add multiple destinations can be used when planning a route for driving, biking or walking. A small “+” has been added to the interface, which will open a new entry that can be added by typing in the search box or clicking on the map. In addition, once you have a listed of locations added, you can rearrange them by dragging and dropping them within the list. » Read the rest
Google Chrome isn’t the only app being updated today. Right on the heels of a previous update, Google Search is being updated with interesting new features. The most notable is a new hotword for Google Now to be brought up. When the user says “OK Google,” they receive the same kind of assistance that the Moto X can provide. Just head over to the voice settings of the app and from there you should be able to download the language pack update.
The UI of a search has also been given more depth. When you perform a search, you are now greeted with various categories to find further information. And if you are searching for a particular person, you have the option to tap on a star to follow that person. Then you’ll receive updates when available. Hit the break for the full changelog and download links. » Read the rest
Google has always been famous for their hidden Easter eggs in not only a lot of their products, but in their search engine as well. I’ve always loved the “do a barrel roll” Easter egg, which is an obvious reference to the classic game, Star Fox 64— try it out for yourself.
In September 1998, the Internet changed forever, as Google search went live to the public. Now, a new Easter egg from Google will give you a great sense of nostalgia— search “Google in 1998,” and you’ll get a fully functional Google search engine from 1998.
Check it out now and see what we mean! It’s pretty awesome.
Google Search is turning 15 and to mark the occasion, Amit Singhal, Senior VP with Google Search, spent some time reminiscing about where search has been and more importantly, where Google is going. If you were online back in 1998, you will probably appreciate the memories of the simple blue links that Google returned in response to a search query, a result that Singhal says may have seemed “like magic.” Interestingly, Google’s pondering of the future clearly focused on the search platform on mobile devices, which may be a telling clue about where Google sees the world headed. » Read the rest
When Google bought Waze back in June for around $1 billion, we all speculated about the awesome changes this could eventually bring to Google Maps. We’ve seen quite a few since then, but this is the first time that we’re actually seeing signs that Google is truly taking control over the Waze application.
In a new update, Waze has integrated a new search bar (powered by Google, of course) which is visible while viewing the map. The UI is someone cleaner-looking as well and certainly more minimal. 1080p devices also now have full support available, and some bug fixes and optimizations were thrown in as well.
This is certainly just the start of the changes we’ll be seeing with the Waze app, as Google will want to make their $1 billion acquisition worthwhile.
Imagine a scene where the crew of the Starship Enterprise is trying to get information from the computer and you will have an idea of what Google is working on when they talk about “conversational search.” Conversational search is an effort to construct a search machine capable of responding in a flexible and intuitive manner like a person would in response to queries or commands. In a recent interview, one of Google’s Research Fellows, Jeff Dean, talked about his team’s work on machine learning and neural nets as part of an effort to make conversational search a reality. » Read the rest