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Google Now allows sending Hangouts messages by voice commands

Most of my sci-fi dreams include touchscreens and voice commands. Just by talking to a surface, device, or a hologram, something will happen. Looks like that will become a reality soon as Google finally allowed Google Now to send messages on Hangouts. Yep, this means you can communicate with your family, friends, or colleagues more easily by simply launching Google Now and saying "send a Hangouts message".

Google to provide open API for apps to use Google Now

Google is looking at some changes in the way Google Now – that funky search project from the mothership – interacts with apps. They are looking at opening up an API so that app developers can work Google Now into their code and have Google Now access data from apps and app usage as well.

Google launches new gas stations on route card

We have all been traveling at some point and needed to stop at a gas station. Often we are left looking for tall signs on the side of the highway or for signs that point us to a specific exit. If it's dark or conditions are less than ideal, looking for signs and landmarks to find a station can be difficult.

Google Search mortgage calculator to help potential homeowners

If you're in the early stages of planning to actually buy a house, chances are, you would be scared to think of how much the mortgage would be. And if you don't know anyone who knows a lot about real estate and things like that, you would be asking one of your digital best friends: Google Search. The search engine giant has announced that they are now adding a mortgage calculator to help potential homeowners see how much they might have to spend.

More Now cards on Google app coming your way

The Google app for Android has been receiving regular updates lately. That's not surprising because Google is really serious with mobile users getting the most out of search and their devices. The app's Now cards are just a few of the features that provide relevant information to people even without searching or asking for it. Google automatically shows Now cards what it thinks would benefit the user.

Updated Google Now Launcher brings Material Design to KitKat, Jelly Bean

Most of the Android devices today still run KitKat and Jelly Bean or even the older versions of the mobile platform. Only a small percentage run Android 5.0 Lollipop but not all phone manufacturers and carriers are ready to release the latest software update yet. Jelly Bean and KitKat users are missing out on a lot of Lollipop features and Material Design but good thing Google is bringing some elements to the latest Google Now Launcher.

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.
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