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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 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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    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...
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    Google Now can now take place of another piece of your memory - where you parked your car

    Google Now just keeps getting smarter, and its latest trick is remembering where you parked your car. With the latest update to the Google Search app — that's what powers Google Now — the intelligent assistant will keep track of your movements and figure out when you've driven and then parked...

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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...
    Google Search

    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...
    Google Search car rentals

    Google Search now showing your car rentals, all you have to do is ask

    Here's a nifty little trick that Google Search on your Android phone or tablet can now do; help you remember your car rental arrangements. All you have to do is to open up Search and ask "When is my rental car reservation?" Pretty neat. The results show you a complete breakdown of your rental...
    Google Now shopping results

    Google Now will notify you when local shops have the products you searched for

    Google Now is improving day-by-day with new back-end changes to bring new features, and the latest is local shopping results based on your search history. Building on a feature previously available through search that showed local stores in results for product searches, Google Now will now offer...
    Google Now Parking

    Google Now can now take place of another piece of your memory - where you parked your car

    Google Now just keeps getting smarter, and its latest trick is remembering where you parked your car. With the latest update to the Google Search app — that's what powers Google Now — the intelligent assistant will keep track of your movements and figure out when you've driven and then parked...
    Google Search 'Open in app'

    Google searches on mobile can now link directly to apps worldwide, supports 24 new apps

    Creating a seamless experience for moving between search results and your own apps Google has been experimenting with new ties between keyword searches on mobile and Android apps, and now that functionality is being expanded pretty dramatically. Back in 2013 Google started partnering with a...
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    Tell Google Now 'play some music' to launch an 'I'm feeling lucky' radio station

    All Access subscribers will get the best experience, but it's a neat trick even for your own collection Google is constantly working on the back-end service side of Google Now, as evidenced by the new key phrases you can say to the app to do things, even without an app update. We saw "take a...
    Google voice actions

    Google Search update enables direct-to-camera voice actions

    OK Google, take a photo Google has rolled out a back-end update for Google Search that enables you to start up the camera using voice actions. Fire up Google Search by saying "OK Google" from the homescreen of your Nexus 5, or from the Google Now interface on other KitKat phones, and tell it to...

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