Google Makes Song Search Widget Available in Play Store
Google today announced that its Sound Search widget is now available for download in the Google Play Store. The Sound Search widget, which can be dropped onto the home screen, behaves similar to third-party services such as Shazam. It can be used to identify songs that the apps hears. It was previously only available to devices running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It now supports devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and up. It is a free download form the Google Play Store.
Google Search App for iPhone Gains a Home Screen Widget
Google today updated its main Search application for the iPhone and added a widget for the home screen. Technically, iOS doesn't support true home screen widgets other than those in the notification panel.
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 Adds Clock App to Play Store
Google has made its Andriod clock application available via the Play Store as a stand-alone app. The app includes a home screen widget as well as alarm, stopwatch, timer, and world clock features.
Google Messenger Gains Desktop Widget
Google has pushed out an update to its Messenger application for Android devices and in so doing added a few new features. Messenger now has its own desktop widget for viewing conversations from Android home screen panels.
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.