Google Updates Search App for Windows Phone
Google recently rolled out a new version of its dedicated search application for the Windows Phone platform. The application adds Google Instant and autocomplete, voice-dictated searching, and the ability to see what's nearby without actually searching for anything. The update is free and available from the Windows Marketplace for Mobile.
Google Adds Instant Playback When Searching for Music
Google recently added a new feature to Google Search for Android devices that makes it faster than ever to listen to new artists. From now on, when users ask Google Search about an artist or band, they'll be able to tap a link in the search results and play the artist's music in one of the music apps installed on the phone.
Google Search for iPhone Hits Version 5.0, Adds Material Design
Google today updated Google Search for iOS devices. Google refreshed the application with its Material Design language, which has been optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with bigger photos.
Google Search App Can Be Used to Open, Interact with Other Apps
Google has updated the main search application for Android devices and expanded its ability to use voice commands with other installed applications. For example, users can say things like, "Ok Google, Shazam this song," or "Ok Google, listen to NPR" and it will do exactly that.
Google Simplifies Searching For Lost Phones
Google today made improvements to its My Accounts tool that should help people better manage their Google settings as well as their smartphone. Users can now access their account by saying, "Ok Google, show me my Google account" into the Google Search app.
Consider Me Unimpressed
From everything I've read on sites that have compared Bing and Google, it seems to depend on where you are in the world, when it comes to which one works best. From my experience, I have a hard time finding something that Google search can do that Bing can't. Initially, Bing was something that was inspiring to become a great search engine. Now that Bing has matured, it has become that great search engine.