Google Offering Better Email Search for BlackBerries
Today Google introduced a new version of its mobile application for the BlackBerry platform. The foremost new feature offered by the Google Mobile App for BlackBerries is the ability to search through the device's email and contacts programs. Users can type (or speak) a contact or email information and Google will search the device and return the appropriate results. It also offers shortcuts for placing calls and/or SMS messages once results are available. Users can also choose to search their network-based email and contacts databases for messages or contact information. Another new feature of the application will allow users to access the Internet via a BlackBerry's Wi-Fi radio. The new app requires BlackBerry OS 4.5 and higher and is a free download.
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.
Google Search Shows When Your Fave Shops Are Busy
Google updated its search application with the ability to show when businesses are at their busiest. Google Search results will display a graph that depicts the location's average foot traffic throughout the day.
Google Improves Inbox Search
Google today updated its Inbox application with new search tools that should make certain types of information easier to find. For example, when searching for a tracking number Inbox will automatically find tracking numbers buried within emails and show the numbers and the corresponding messages at the top of search results.