voice search

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.

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.

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 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.

Google voice search gets an updated demo video

Google voice search is not a new feature, however it is a feature that seems to be constantly evolving. As such, it is one that should be revisited from time to time. To that point, a new video has recently appeared on YouTube offering a look at what can be done using voice search at this time. The video measures in at slightly longer than 10 minutes in length, but does manage to demo 35 available voice search options.

Google Search “My Answers” update brings flights, reservations and more

Google has detailed the latest search related update. This one deals with the "My Answers" portion of search and basically means you will be able to ask questions about additional topics. Some of these will likely be familiar to Google Now users, but with that in mind, moving forward My Answers will be able to support flight, reservation, purchase, plan and image related questions.
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