Google Updates iOS Search App with Handsfree Voice
Google recently updated the the Google Search application for Apple's iOS platform and added a handful of new features. Among the app's new powers are the ability to perform voice-based searches with the "OK Google" search prompt. The Google Now functionality of the app now offers improved notifications for events like upcoming calendar appointments or travel changes. It offers new reminders for tasks, as well as entertainment reminders for new albums, movies, and articles containing the user's favorite artists. Google Now includes more cards for organizing tickets and boarding passes. Last, the home page has been simplified and includes new gestures for discarding unwanted content. Google Search requires iOS 6 and up, and the iPhone 4S and up. It is free.
Apple Debuts HomePod, Its Competitor to Google Home and Amazon Echo
Apple today announced the HomePod, a new in-home speaker similar to the Google Home and Amazon Echo. It features the Siri voice-based assistant and can act on spoken requests with a focus on music.
Facebook to Make Its Instant Articles Compatible with Google, Apple Formats
Facebook wants content to be more readable across the web and took steps this week toward that goal by tweaking the SDK for its Instant Articles. Facebook's Instant Articles give publishers a way to streamline content for consumption on mobile devices, but Instant Articles aren't compatible with the mobile-first styles used by Google and Apple.
Google Uses Machine Learning to Tweak Sheets
Google today rolled out new features for its Sheets spreadsheet application. Most of the new features target the desktop-based version of Sheets.
Google Calendar for iOS Adds More Ways to View Schedule
Google pushed out an update to its iOS Calendar app today with a handful of new tools. To start, the app now includes month view and week view in landscape modes, which make the app more flexibile.
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.