Google to Add Push Notifications to iOS Search App
Google today revealed a forthcoming update to the iOS search application that will allow it to deliver push notifications. The change will allow Google Search and the Google Now functionality within to monitor events that happen in the background and alert users to items such as changes in traffic. The updated app will also be more seamlessly integrated with Google Maps, as well as be able to save reminders. Google is offering some changes to the Android version of the app with "better conversation experiences" that make it easier to converse with the search engine without reframing the question each time. Google also said that the mobile version of Google.com will be refreshed with the card-based user interface that Google has been moving towards on its mobile apps and services.
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 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 Threads Voice Commands Deeper Into Google Maps
People can now use their voice to take full command of Google Maps when in the car. Google updated Maps today and added more support for "Ok, Google"-based voice commands.
Google Takes Steps to Ensure Search Results Are Locally Relevant
Google today said it has updated the way it handles queries in Search and Maps when people travel. Moving forward, people will be served search results based on their actual location, not the domain they've indicated on the web (such as .com, .uk, .de, etc.) Google says people using Search in the U.S.