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Pocket 5.7: Material Design, Google Now search integration

Your favorite (well, at least it is our favorite) offline reading service Pocket has received an update which makes it virtually ready for Android 5.0 Lollipop. Version 5.7 has now adapted its own version of the Material Design while still remaining essentially Pocket-like. The update also brings the ability to search for items in your app through Google Now. Android apps are "cleaning house" like crazy in preparation for Google's major update which is expected to start rolling out in the next few months.

Developers take note: how to let Google Now search your app

Admit it. Google Now, specifically the "OK Google" trigger, is quite fun to use and play around with, but it's actual utility isn't as impressive. That's largely because, aside from the web and a few other Google-owned apps and tools, its repository of data doesn't dig deep enough into your phone and its apps. Well, not anymore. Your favorite "OK, Google" can now search inside any app, too! Of course, app developers will need to add the feature, but it's as easy a copy and paste.

Google Now ahead of Siri, Bing in search result accuracy

Smartphone, smartphone in my hand, who's the fairest of them all? Aside from our bad rhyming skills, the answer to that question must be fairly obvious, but in the interest of those who want actual numbers and statistics, a study conducted by SEO consulting firm Stone Temple showed a clear winner in the battle of the digital assistants. A test conducted on the built-in search assistants from Google, Apple and Microsoft showed that, of course, the search giant was miles away in terms of accuracy of results, although it might be lacking in the fun department.

Get Google to remind you to pay your bills

No matter how much you try to organize your life, there are some things that might slip through the cracks. But there are some things you cannot afford to (literally) get past you and those are bill payments. Google has now added a very crucial prompt that will tell you what you need to pay, how much you need to pay and when you need to pay them. And all you need is just to have these information on your Gmail and for you to use your best "Ok Google" voice.

Google Now adds card to track lowest flight fares

You’ve been wanting to go to London for some time now, but just checking plane fares is a daunting and scary task. But you keep googling different airlines just to see if there will be any sudden lowering of fares to the other side of the pond. Google Now is making it easier for you by tracking the lowest rates, and giving you a card alert in the digital assistant when a lower cost flight becomes available.

Moto Voice: more control over device through spoken commands

Swiping and typing on your smartphone is so like 3 years ago. As more people begin to discover the joy of ordering your device around through the power of speaking, OEMs will continue to develop better voice controls for their smartphones and tablets. Motorola has now renamed and revamped Touchless Control into Moto Voice, and it will now work with the Japanese tech company’s recently announced new devices like the Moto X (2nd generation) and the Moto Hint.

Google updates News and Weather app to look like Google Now

In keeping up with the transformation of its basic apps into their “Material” design language, Google has now updated the look of its News and Weather app. The panel and card-type design now makes the app, which is built-in for some devices, look like Google Now. It also seems to be more competitive now with other news apps like Flipboard, News360 and even Google’s own Google Play Newsstand.

Blur Launcher gives devs a Google Now Launcher playground

Google Now Launcher (or Google Experience Launcher, if you prefer the older name) is seemingly becoming the new fad for homescreen launchers. After CyanogenMod's own spin on the launcher with its CM Home experiment, Klinker Apps, makers of EvolveSMS and Talon, are now making available a new launcher called Blur that expands Google's launcher to make room for third-party developers to join the party.

Google Now offers flight alternatives, bakes in Field Trip

You’re just a few hours away from your flight to London, when suddenly, you received a notification that it has been cancelled. What do you do next? You are in a strange place and you don’t know anyone but would like to visit some landmarks or tourist spots. Who do you ask? Normally you would just google those information, but Google Now’s new updates allows you to eliminate a few steps in the process and brings you the info you need through its cards.
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