Google Adds Captain Kirk Flair to Gesture Search
Google recently updated its Gesture Search application for the Android platform. Before the update, users needed to open the application by clicking on an icon. The update takes advantage of the accelerometer, and will now open when the Android handset is flicked back and forth in a gesture similar to that of Star Trek's Captain Kirk when he opened his communicator. Gesture Search let's users draw letters directly on the touch screen to start searches rather than type on the device's keyboard. The updated version of Gesture Search (version 1.2) is a free download from the Android Market.
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 App for iPhone Gains a Home Screen Widget
Google today updated its main Search application for the iPhone and added a widget for the home screen. Technically, iOS doesn't support true home screen widgets other than those in the notification panel.
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.
Google's GBoard App for Android Lets You Draw Emoji
Google today updated its GBoard keyboard application for Android handsets and made it possible for people to draw emoji. In the emoji search tool, GBoard can recognize finger-scrawled pictures and then automatically insert the correct emoji into your text.
Nerds dream come true. Just wait until this gets incorporated into a case or skin that visualizes this effect.
This would be GREAT...
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