The Google Assistant arrived last year with the first Google branded smartphones as an exclusive feature, however, it didn’t remain so, at least officially. In fact, developers managed to find a way to enable the Assistant on the Nexus 6P even before the first Pixel was shipped. Seeing how easy it was to just enable the Google Assistant on any other smartphone it was speculated that its official exclusivity to Pixel was only for a while. That speculation could turn out to be true sooner than expected. The LG G6 is said to be arriving with the Google Assistant and now an update to the Google App suggests that the AI powered assistant could make its way onto even more devices. Continue reading “Google may enable Google Assistant on non Pixel devices”
For all its power and influence, Google search has always suffered if you happen to have little to no mobile signal or less than stellar WiFi connectivity. If you’ve been in such a situation you know the frustration. Often I want to look up something that’s mentioned in a movie while watching it, but sometimes my spectacular Vodafone connection is off duty and later I just forget about it.
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We’ve seen quite a few server side updates being tested and implemented across Google apps over the years and in recent months Google has been really active about them. You might have noticed the new Google Playstore look already.
The Search app from Google on Android has also seen some fair share of tests and it seems Google is at it again and this time it is testing at least three features simultaneously all of which seem to be accessible from the side menu. Continue reading “Google search is testing at least three new-ish features”
More tech companies are increasingly turning to deep learning, a subdomain in artificial intelligence that seeks to train neural networks to mine large volumes of data including photos and leverage the structured data to inform decision making. With that in mind, Google continues to make a big bet on AI as previously highlighted by Sundar Pichai.
Last month acquired a small startup called Undecidable Labs, according to a new report. Now co-founder and chief executive Cathy Edwards is head of product and engineering for Google’s image search tool, according to her LinkedIn profile. Continue reading “Google acquires Undecidable Labs, a shopping startup, to boost its image search”
Have you made your content AMP ready yet? Google has officially turned on AMP results in the “ten blue links” in their mobile search results. This means when a webpage has an AMP version available, Google will swap out the non-AMP version and display with AMP version instead, complete with the AMP tag in the search results.
Have you so many apps and documents that you can’t seem to remember where you might have saved it? Or maybe you have multiple messaging apps and you’re trying to look for the message you want? The good news is that you won’t have to comb through each app one by one, thanks to the “In Apps” search feature Google has introduced to Android.
Even though the intelligent personal assistant Google Now already provides users with relevant information like train schedules, sports scores, event reminders and the weather for Android, iOS and Chrome browsers, it’s about to get a whole lot smarter when it comes to individual users.
Google is taking steps toward making its digital personal assistant more personal to specific users to further cater to their needs by testing a new feature.
Called “Explore Interests,” the new feature will further enable users to add the things they are interested in so that Google Now can present those types of cards.
Different from just toggling buttons for topics in the app’s settings, users may be able to customize their interests across various categories and let Google take care of the rest.
Using Explore Interests, users would be able to get updates in the interests that matter to them. They are asked to pick teams, bands, musicians, movies, TV shows, etc. they like.
Then, after picking from the general categories, Google Now will get even more personal with what info is shown in cards by allowing the user to get even more specific with their tastes, such as adding Donald Trump news or updates about Game of Thrones.
To do so, the user would then tap on the plus sign to add that person, band, show or movie that is presented under its associated category.
Google Now will then track any new information about these topics and notify the user about it.
The personalized feature would allow fans to know exactly when The Voice returns and airs weekly, or how many medals the USA has won in the Olympics.
Google might also use its algorithms to provide users with the info they care about based on their search history, location and app downloads.
While there is currently no search bar, there is the option for the user to see topics that are “Popular in Your Area.”
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It was first reported that this new feature would be rolling out slowly, but Google is not officially announcing it and instead is still in the early testing phase.
While this new way to personalize content for users may never really become a reality for the public, it would make sense that Google would want to make improvements to its own personal assistant as Apple’s Siri is preparing to make her debut on macOS.
Source: Android Police
If you’re planning to order in lunch or dinner or want to book a table at restaurant, the Google Search app will now let you do all of these things from the results page. The Google India team has announced that users will be able to order food via Zomato or Swiggy straight from results itself. Google also wants to make booking tables a bit easier, and on some partner restaurants, the option to book a table will show directly from in the Search Card. The table booking appears to be powered by various apps, like dineout, etc, and not just Zomato.