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Ooloo app gives a human “face” to virtual voice-search

While virtual assistants like Siri and Google Now have made our lives a little bit easier (that is, if you have a smartphone), there is still a struggle to actually get the results that you want when using it as a voice-search engine. It can get a bit frustrating when it doesn’t understand what you’re asking for, and of course since it’s technically not human, you cannot properly explain at times. The Ooloo app is bringing a human face (sort of) to the search, creating old-school customer service but in a digital format.

More devices getting Google Now launcher support

The Google Now launcher was probably the pick of the bunch of features that launched with Android 4.4 Kitkat (you can argue that point with us, of course), and it became all the more better when Google started peddling the launcher to other devices other than those bearing the Nexus prefix through the Google Play Store. After the app’s recent update, we bet more people will be happier because of the apparently wider range of devices supported.

Google makes searching while traveling even easier

Ever since the advent of smartphones, apps, and admit it, Google, traveling to an unfamiliar place is not as scary as it once was. As long as you have Internet connection (and a lot of hotels and tourist destinations have WiFi, if you don’t want to risk roaming charges), even if you don’t have a physical guidebook or the people around you cannot speak your language, you can still get around. The newest Google Search function has even removed a few extra steps to make it much easier for you to explore an unfamiliar place while you’re still at your hotel.

Tasker gets huge update, new features and bug fixes

Tasker is one of those essential apps in the Android ecosystem that once you learn to use, you really can’t do without. Granted that the learning curve for the app is a bit steep, but learning how to use is to create a whole new work and leisure process around your Android devices is surely worth it. And as of today, Tasker is getting a big update that includes a bunch of new features.

Commndr for Google Now removes ‘Note to Self’ voice prompt

Commndr for Google Now was a very welcome addition for users who wanted even more functionality for Google’s personal assistant program for mobile devices. But the “note to self’ prompt before every command was something some people found three syllables too many. The latest update to the app has now removed that prompt and you can go directly to what you want your phone to do without you actually touching it.

Google Now can now “occasionally” remind you of tasks

There are some things that you need to remind yourself to do everyday, like call your mom, write down your to-do list for the day, or drink your vitamins and medicine. Then there are those that you don’t need to do everyday, but also not just for today or tomorrow, but every once in a while, like get a haircut, clean your room or okay, call your mom. Google Now has added an “occasionally” option for moments like this.

Commandr uses Note to Self to make Google Now do things

Google Now might be fun and even useful for a few things, particularly those that use the Internet, but controlling your device completely by voice isn't exactly one of them. That somewhat changes when you install Commandr, which will let you use Google Now to toggle a few switches, at the price of three extra words: Note to self.

Google hits the brakes on multi-lingual support for Google Now

Just when we thought we could finally ask Google Now to find the nearest pizza place in Spanish, Google is apparently delaying the roll-out of the on-the-fly multiple language support on the ubiquitous voice search tool. Four days ago, the same time as Google I/O but not really part of the major reveals there, an announcement was made that multi-lingual support would soon be rolling out for Google Now, but has today been re-scheduled.
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