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Google Search app just got smarter

The Google app has just received a special update in time for the arrival of the Android Lollipop. One of the most notable changes in design is the search results page. It’s more Material Design-ish now with a simpler layout, fluid animations, and bolder colors. This will be more obvious on Android Lollipop-powered smartphones and tablets.

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’s App Indexing brings search engine power to locating apps

Remember those heady days of 1998 where a lot of us were so amazed at the way the Google search engine could find virtually anything on the intarwebs? That was a result of ground breaking search indexing algorithms that placed Google on top of the search engine pile. Fast forward to now, and Google is set to apply the same algorithms so that your apps will show up in related searches better. Sounds yummy, right?

Google Update: G+ Chromecast support, minor tweaks

Ahead of Google’s normal update Wednesday, APKs of the updates to their first party apps have begun rolling in. Google+ has a pretty substantial update enabling Chromecast support while other Google products like YouTube, Chrome Beta and Google Search have gone through minor enhancements. They are not enough to warrant major announcements probably, but of course we still need to be aware of them.

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.

Google Search now lets you correct misheard searches

It happens to the best of us. You’ve “OK Google’d” your smartphone (or smartwatch), you’ve asked the search app to look for the best wine places around your area, but it then gives you a list of the best wing places (we hope it meant chicken wings). Usually, you’d just start a new search and “Ok Google” yourself all over again. With the new app update, you don’t need to do that anymore and instead just tell your search app “No, I said wine” (adding doofus if you’re frustrated, but that would lead you to a whole different place though.)

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.
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