Google Voice Search Now Supports S60
Today the Official Google Mobile blog revealed a new version of the Google Mobile application for S60-based phones. Among the new features for S60 is support for voice-based search. This means users can speak their search queries instead of typing them. The new application also places a shortcut to Google Search on the home screen of any S60 phone, making it easier to find and initiate searches. Last, the Google Mobile App for S60 also supports Mandarin Chinese. The application is a free download from m.google.com.
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 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 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 Tweaks Search with Fresh Discovery Tools
Google today announced several changes to its core search product that are meant to help people discover fresh content as they perform searches. For example, Featured Snippets are content highlighted by Google to provide "quick, relevant answers" to search queries.