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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 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...
    Twitter confirms deal with Google to show tweets in search results

    Twitter confirms deal with Google to show tweets in search results

    We reported last night that Google and Twitter had reportedly struck a deal to show tweets in search results, and now it looks to be official. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo made the announcement today during the company's Q4 2014 earnings call. From TechCrunch: The Google search deal will...
    Google Search now offers a handy mortgage calculator

    Google Search can now tell you how much that mortgage you're considering will really cost you

    Google's always building handy new features into Google Search, and now they're adding a mortgage calculator to the mix. Ask Google how much a 5.015 percent interest rate over 30 years on a $265,000 mortgage will cost you in the end and it will tell you. The answer, by the way, is $1,425 a...
    Google and Twitter reportedly pen deal to show Tweets in search results

    Google and Twitter reportedly pen deal to show tweets in search results

    According to a new report, Google and Twitter have struck a deal that would provide would enable the search giant to populate search results for tweets the moment they are published. From Bloomberg: In the first half of this year, tweets will start to be visible in Google's search results...

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    Google steps up anti-malware initiatives with updates to Chrome and Search

    Google steps up anti-malware initiatives with updates to Chrome and Search

    Google already shows a warning message when you attempt to download malicious software, and the search giant is now expanding its efforts with the SafeBrowsing initiative to protect you from visiting websites that are flagged for malware. Chrome has been updated to display a new warning message...
    Google's new carousel feature for mobile search highlights fresh content from your favorite sites

    Google's new 'carousel' feature for mobile search highlights recent articles and videos

    Google has rolled out a new carousel feature to search on mobile today. The carousel surfaces recent articles and videos that you might be interested in when you search a specific topic or publication (such as, say, Android Central). From Google: When you search for a topic, just scroll...
    Twitter confirms deal with Google to show tweets in search results

    Twitter confirms deal with Google to show tweets in search results

    We reported last night that Google and Twitter had reportedly struck a deal to show tweets in search results, and now it looks to be official. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo made the announcement today during the company's Q4 2014 earnings call. From TechCrunch: The Google search deal will...
    Google and Twitter reportedly pen deal to show Tweets in search results

    Google and Twitter reportedly pen deal to show tweets in search results

    According to a new report, Google and Twitter have struck a deal that would provide would enable the search giant to populate search results for tweets the moment they are published. From Bloomberg: In the first half of this year, tweets will start to be visible in Google's search results...
    Google search now directly links social media profiles for musicians and companies

    Google search now directly links social media profiles for musicians and companies

    Connecting with your favorite musicians and companies just got a tad easier. Google has introduced a new feature in Search today that displays social media profiles right alongside information for companies and musicians. To check out the new feature, all you have to do is open up search and...
    Google Search now offers a handy mortgage calculator

    Google Search can now tell you how much that mortgage you're considering will really cost you

    Google's always building handy new features into Google Search, and now they're adding a mortgage calculator to the mix. Ask Google how much a 5.015 percent interest rate over 30 years on a $265,000 mortgage will cost you in the end and it will tell you. The answer, by the way, is $1,425 a...
    Google adds a splash of Material Design to movie searches on Android

    Google adds a splash of Material Design to movie searches on Android

    It looks like searching for movies on your Android device got quite the visual refresh today. Google has added a splash of color, along with a scrolling list of titles represented by their promotional posters when searching for movies involving a specific actor or director. After tapping on...
    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...

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