Google Search Now Better at Peeking Through Gmail
Google today announced an update to its Google Now and Google Search products that will make it easier to find personal information stored within Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google+. The new search functions build on the foundation set by Google Now last year, which can automatically pull flight or package shipment information from Gmail. With updates to the mobile apps being pushed out beginning today, users will be able to perform natural language voice or typed searches for these items (i.e., "When is my flight?") and Google Now will actively go through Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google+ to find the information. The new search tool covers flights and reservations, purchases and plans, and photos. According to Google, the searches and data are encrypted and secure, and only accessible to people signed into their own account on the device. The feature can be turned off completely if the owner wishes.
Latest Google Maps Update Makes It Easier to Locate Your Events
Google has updated Google Maps and now lets users access more personal information regarding their locations with a quick search. Google Maps culls more data from users' Gmail accounts and will automatically make event details available to Maps.
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 to Surface iOS App Content in Search Results
Google today enabled a new functionality that will let the Google Search app find content within iOS apps and include that data in search results. Users will then be able to select the search results and go directly to the associated app on their phone.
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.