Google Search Updated for Jelly Bean Devices
Google today announced a small update to the Google Search application, available to devices running either Android 4.1 or 4.2 Jelly Bean. The application is now even more proactive about pulling in details related to user travel in Google Now, such as the weather at a traveler's destination or their boarding pass when they arrive at the airport. The app is more location aware, and will display local events when travelers arrive at new destinations. Last, the app has new voice powers, and will respond to voice requests for scanning barcodes, identifying songs, and composing or sharing posts to Google+. Google Search is a free update for devices running Jelly Bean.
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 Redesigns Search App with Columns
Google today began rolling out an update to its Android Search app that separates information into two streams. Previously, the app displayed a long column of data, including calendar appointments, weather, news stories, and so on.
Google Search App Gains Tappable Shortcuts
Google today said an update to its mobile search app should make it quicker and easier to find basic information via tappable shortcuts that are positioned underneath the search box. The shortcuts let people perform instant searches for a variety of items, including entertainment, sports, weather, food, news, and more.
Google Adjusts Google Now Cards and Search
Google has updated the appearance of its Google Now and Google Search tools on Android devices to match the company's new design motif. First and foremost, the apps adopt the new logo and font changes Google made earlier this week.
Google Search App Understands More Natural-Language Questions
Google today said its mobile search app is better able to grasp the meaning of requests thanks to new language-recognition techniques. Google is now breaking down queries into smaller pieces to understand the semantics behind individual phrases so it can assess the intent behind the larger question.