Google has started the process of rolling out an update to YouTube taking it from version 6.0.3 up to version 10.02.3. The jump in version number seems odd as most indications thus far are that the changes are mostly cosmetic in nature with no major changes or features included. The biggest change seems to be in the “intents” screen that pops up when a user decides they want to share a video. Instead of a list of applications to choose from, a grid display is brought up instead.
We saw glimpses of this at Google I/O, and developers can now make their apps searchable through Google Voice Search. It only takes a few lines of code. Once added, apps can receive the SEARCH_ACTION intent containing the SearchManager.QUERYextra with the search expression.
Examples of such searches might be “Ok Google, search pizza on Eat24” or “Ok Google, search for hotels in Maui on TripAdvisor.” Imagine the possibilities.
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
Google released a new video yesterday showing some examples of real life uses for their Glass devices. Many people have been focusing on issues related to the cameras built into the devices and how those can be used to record life events. However, if Google wants to see the devices adopted widely, a key piece will be the ability of the voice search functionality to perform well since that will be the primary interface between Glass and the user for input purposes. To demonstrate how well voice search works, a couple Google Glass testers posed a series of questions to see what the results would be.
Owners of Google TV platforms have a nice addition to the Google TV Remote app in an update that was released yesterday. The app runs on a user’s Android device and when the device is connected to the same WiFi network that a Google TV is connected to, it gives the user remote control capabilities.
Last month we saw Google release an ad that aired during the Grammys to show off Google Now and how it can be used in real life. While the last ad took us around the world for visits with several people, this latest ad takes place in one location and focuses on a father and daughter. The ad shows the melding of Google’s Voice Search with Google Now and how having the right information at the right time can be so important. Should anyone think the response is a little quick compared to your real life experiences with either of the Google products, you are not imagining things. Virtually hidden, Google has included a disclaimer indicating the sequence was shortened. Hit the break to view the ad.
Readers who are fortunate enough to have spent some time using Android 4.1 Jelly Bean are familiar with the Google Now app for conducting searches. The Google Now app lets users speak a question and then get an answer spoken back to them. Basically, the app is a voice-recognition interface similar to the Siri functionality Apple shows off in their commercials for iOS devices. Google has announced that some of the functionality present in the Google Now app will be ported over to the Google Search app for iOS devices, specifically the Voice Search capabilities.
There has been so many videos lately that pit Siri against Google’s new Voice Search from Jelly Bean. Google seems to win the majority of them and this video is no different, but it’s pretty funny as well. Annie Gaus from App Judgement decided to test them both out with actual questions that she Googled in the last week. Let’s just say Siri didn’t fair to well, and this video will definitely give you a nice chuckle to start off your Monday.
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