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    • Vendor: Google Inc.
    • Version: Varies with device
    • Price: Free

    In the early days of Android, the Google Search app was limited to a simple text box which you could use to search the web. But over the past several years its feature set has grown larger than ever. The current version of Google Search app lets you search the web, your music library, your Chrome history and apps on your device. Voice search and the "OK Google" hotword lets you search the web — or your own stuff — by talking to your phone. Google regularly adds new voice commands to its Search app.

    In Android 4.1 and above, Google Now (accessible by swiping up from the home key on some phones) introduces predictive search into the mix. Google Now shows you weather details, public transit times, upcoming flight details, driving directions for upcoming appointments and scores from sports teams you follow.

    And with the Google Now Launcher — available as a separate download — the Google Search app takes over your home screen, putting Google Now within easy reach as the leftmost home screen panel.

    Because of its expanded feature set, and its presence on the default home screen of every Google-certified Android device, Google Search is one of the most important applications in Google's mobile services arsenal.

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    Google now displays song lyrics in search results

    Google now serves up song lyrics in search results

    If you're tired of having to make that extra click just to find out what Miley was talking about in her latest hit, Google has your back. The search giant recently started showing song lyrics sourced from Google Play Music in its search results, replacing the need to click through to dedicated...
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    Google Now alarms and timers lose hands-free ability for some in latest update

    "Ok Google... why didn't my alarm go off this morning?" The latest Google Search update seems to have brought a new bug along with all the bug fixes and police cards, causing what once were hands-free commands for timers and alarms to now need an extra button press to set. Some users can still...
    Google Search update lets you activate Now from any screen

    Google Search update lets you activate Now from any screen

    Google Search has been updated, adding the ability to activate Google Now from any screen or app on your device. This includes the lockscreen, which will now listen for your "Ok Google" command. Always-on listening has been available to Moto X users because of the phone's always-listening chip...
    Soon, you'll be able to command 'OK Google' to search in third-party apps

    Soon, you'll be able to command 'OK Google' to search in third-party apps

    Rather than having to search through apps like Yelp, soon you'll be able to simply wake up your phone with the "OK, Google" command that's baked into Google Search and use your voice to search useful information. Once developers update their apps with just a few short lines of code that Google is...

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    Google now displays song lyrics in search results

    Google now serves up song lyrics in search results

    If you're tired of having to make that extra click just to find out what Miley was talking about in her latest hit, Google has your back. The search giant recently started showing song lyrics sourced from Google Play Music in its search results, replacing the need to click through to dedicated...
    Google search now delivers reviews, in-store availability for product searches

    Google delivers reviews, in-store availability for product searches

    Google has rolled out a new feature in Google search to bring you more product information at a glance. In time for the holiday shopping season and Black Friday, when you search for a product, you'll find 360-degree views, detailed product information, and in-store availability. The feature is...
    Google Search for Android TV

    Google launches its search app for Android TV with voice support

    Owners of smart televisions with Android TV can now download a version of Google's Search app made especially for the operating system. The app allows users to search for content using their voice, among other features. Let's have a look at the feature list for app: The fastest, easiest way...
    Google Search update lets you search inside third-party apps, brings Material Design makeover

    'OK, Google' comes to third-party apps with Google Search update

    Google is expanding its voice search today to third-party apps thanks to a new update to the Google Search app for Android. Initially rolling out first to devices with Android Lollipop, like the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9, the Search app also introduces a visual makeover with Material Design as well...
    Soon, you'll be able to command 'OK Google' to search in third-party apps

    Soon, you'll be able to command 'OK Google' to search in third-party apps

    Rather than having to search through apps like Yelp, soon you'll be able to simply wake up your phone with the "OK, Google" command that's baked into Google Search and use your voice to search useful information. Once developers update their apps with just a few short lines of code that Google is...
    This pic is but a dream for many users now...

    Google Now alarms and timers lose hands-free ability for some in latest update

    "Ok Google... why didn't my alarm go off this morning?" The latest Google Search update seems to have brought a new bug along with all the bug fixes and police cards, causing what once were hands-free commands for timers and alarms to now need an extra button press to set. Some users can still...
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    Google Search on Android can now understand multiple spoken languages at once

    Google has announced that its Search app on Android devices can now handle a number of different spoken languages at once, in an effort to help people who speak more than one language. Google has just added this feature to the app, which should be rolling out now on the Google Play Store. In a...
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    Google Search update brings train and bus reminders and new flight card updates to Google Now

    A small update has been pushed out for Google Search today. Besides the obligatory bug fixes (fix all the bugs!) we should expect to see two new features — train and bus reminders from your Gmail reservations, and changes to flight cards that bring information about alternatives when there is a...
    Google recaps the World Cup through trends and searches

    Google relives the excitement of the World Cup through trends and searches

    Want to know more than the scores, the wins, and the celebrations behind the World Cup? Google has now compiled a video and a World Cup recap page that shows off not just highlights from the game, but what people were talking about and what they were searching for. Through trends, you can relive...
    Google Search update lets you activate Now from any screen

    Google Search update lets you activate Now from any screen

    Google Search has been updated, adding the ability to activate Google Now from any screen or app on your device. This includes the lockscreen, which will now listen for your "Ok Google" command. Always-on listening has been available to Moto X users because of the phone's always-listening chip...

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