Updated 22 May, 2013, 9:53 am IST
Google Search app for Android updated
| by Anuradha Shetty |
Yesterday, Google Search app for Android users received an update. In its changelog, Google declared that the app has become faster for Jelly Bean users.
With the update, Google Now works with Gmail (English only). Users can view flight information, restaurant reservations, hotel confirmations, events, and packages. The update has also introduced new Now cards catering to nearby attractions and photo spots, movies opening in theatres, and concerts. With updated voice actions, users can launch apps, schedule meetings, and check their appointment. The updated app grants control over Google Now settings. Users can adjust or turn off individual Now cards within Settings at all.
Google Now cards have been updated
Search has been one of Google's most popular and successful services, and the company is constantly improving it. In an official blog post published in August, Jeromy Henry, a User Experience Designer at Google announced that the search function on mobile and tablet had been improved. He affirmed that Google Search has been about delivering answers that users seek, as quickly as possible. Google Search, as we know it today, is used for the most mundane queries such as the weather forecast, solving an equation or other straightforward metric conversions.
Google search using a mobile or tablet was improved in August, with modifications such as the results most relevant to a user placed at the top in the search results. Google improved the flight status quick answer function. A user making a quick search is now shown a flight progress indicator. Google increased the size of the text of arrival and departure times, in an attempt to allow users to quickly find the information they are looking for.
Improved search experience, says Google
The card-theme in the improved search for mobile and tablet users is similar to what Google did with Google Now, which it announced at Google I/O 2012 conference. Google Now, essentially is a new real-time search interface for Android users. The search feature is card-based and users can bring up cards containing the data they require in real-time. Google Now claims to give all the relevant information in a single swipe.
Google added that it was rolling out these improvements on Google.com and in English. It indicates that similar improvements are in the pipeline for desktop, and international users as well.
In August this year, Google started offering its Voice Search service in 13 new languages, confirmed Bertrand Damiba, Product Manager at Google in an official blog post. Google, with its Voice Search service, aims to allow users to make their searches quick while on-the-go. The 13 new languages that Google Voice Search now supports include Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, European Portuguese, Finnish, Galician, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, and Swedish. The service had been available previously across 29 languages, and now with the addition of 13 new languages, Google has upped the count to 42 languages, while supporting accents across 46 countries. Here, the post adds that now 100 million new speakers can use Google's Voice Search service, courtesy the addition of 13 new languages.
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