Google Updates Search and Play Games
Google recently updated a couple of its Android applications with new features. Google Search, which includes Google Now, has a new card that remembers where the owner parked their car. The card lists an approximate address, displays the location on a map, and indicates how far the phone is from the car. If it's not accurate, the card offers several alternate locations. Google Play now displays all requests and gifts from friends in one place. It has also been cleaned up with a refresh of the user interface. Google Search and Google Play Games are free to download from the Google Play Store.
Google Adds Actual Games to Mobile Search
Google today made several simple games available to play directly in search results. Performing a search for solitaire will bring up a playable version of the card game.
Google Play Games Adds Gameplay Recording
Google today updated the Play Games app with the ability to record and share gameplay. The app supports the user-facing camera for recording commentary, and simple editing tools for trimming clips.
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 Play Music Searches Reveal Playable Results
Google has updated its Play Music app for Android devices and made it possible to play songs directly from search results. Now, when users search for a song, album, or artist, the top three results include a "play" button that lets them jump immediately to those songs.
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.