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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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    Let's talk about the weird new Google search bar

    There's nothing wrong with Google's revamped logo. But the bizarre new technicolor search bar needs to die. When a company like Google (or in recent days Verizon) makes a major branding change, a lot of ink gets spilled. That's what's happened this past week as the new Google, under freshly-...
    Google rolls out new branding to app icons on Android and the web

    Google begins rolling out new branding across web and Android apps

    Following the announcement of its new logo, Google has started updating the logos and icons of several of its apps. On the web, several of Google's services now feature a capital sans-serif G where there was previously a lower-case serif g. Likewise, updates have started trickling out to the...
    Google to crack down on mobile sites with obtrusive app install ads

    Google to crack down on mobile sites with obtrusive app install ads

    Google is set to make more changes to its mobile search rankings, this time downranking websites with annoying, overly-large popups asking users to download their app. Called interstitials, the popups cover a significant portion of the webpage upon arrival, making for a generally poor user...
    Google pushes visual tweaks to mobile Search and Google Now

    Google pushes visual tweaks to mobile Search and Google Now

    Not content to settle with a logo change, Google has also announced that it is rolling out some visual tweaks to mobile Search and Google Now. Google says that the tweaks to Search will make it easier to find diverse types of content through swiping and tapping, while Google Now will now separate...

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    Search Bar

    Let's talk about the weird new Google search bar

    There's nothing wrong with Google's revamped logo. But the bizarre new technicolor search bar needs to die. When a company like Google (or in recent days Verizon) makes a major branding change, a lot of ink gets spilled. That's what's happened this past week as the new Google, under freshly-...
    Google to crack down on mobile sites with obtrusive app install ads

    Google to crack down on mobile sites with obtrusive app install ads

    Google is set to make more changes to its mobile search rankings, this time downranking websites with annoying, overly-large popups asking users to download their app. Called interstitials, the popups cover a significant portion of the webpage upon arrival, making for a generally poor user...
    Google rolls out new branding to app icons on Android and the web

    Google begins rolling out new branding across web and Android apps

    Following the announcement of its new logo, Google has started updating the logos and icons of several of its apps. On the web, several of Google's services now feature a capital sans-serif G where there was previously a lower-case serif g. Likewise, updates have started trickling out to the...
    Google pushes visual tweaks to mobile Search and Google Now

    Google pushes visual tweaks to mobile Search and Google Now

    Not content to settle with a logo change, Google has also announced that it is rolling out some visual tweaks to mobile Search and Google Now. Google says that the tweaks to Search will make it easier to find diverse types of content through swiping and tapping, while Google Now will now separate...
    App suggestions in Google search results get a makeover

    App suggestions in Google's mobile search results get a makeover

    It looks like Google has debuted a new look for app suggestions in Google search results on mobile. Now, when searching for a specific category of app, you'll be presented with a colorful list of popular suggestions from Google Play at the top of your results. The exact keyword mechanism for...
    "Purchases on Google" will let you buy items straight from mobile search results

    'Purchases on Google' will let you buy items straight from mobile search results

    Google has officially unveiled "Purchases on Google," a new feature that it will be testing that will allow customers to purchase items directly from mobile search results. Google will also mark ads for items that are currently available in stores near the customer. These new ads will appear...
    Google to honor requests to remove 'revenge porn' from search results

    Google to honor requests to remove 'revenge porn' from search results

    Google is taking giving users an option to remove "revenge porn" from search results. Google has announced that it is taking a stance against revenge porn in its search results. The search giant is implementing a way for victims to request that explicit images shared without their consent be...
    Location Aware Search lets you ask Google non-specific questions about nearby places

    Location Aware Search lets you ask Google about places around you

    Voice search on your Android device just got a bit cooler with the addition of a new feature: Location Aware Search. Though Google has yet to make a formal announcement, the company showed off a new feature for voice search on Android at an event in Paris. Called Location Aware Search, the...
    Google exec says a 'buy button' is coming to search

    Google exec says a 'buy button' is coming to search

    A "buy button" will eventually make its way to ads in Google search results, according to a Google exec. Speaking at Code Conference today, Google's Chief Business Officer, Omid Kordestani, said that a buy button is "imminent" for ads in Google search. From Re/Code: "There's going to be a...
    Google adds tweets to mobile search results

    Google adds 140 more characters to mobile search results, now displaying relevant tweets

    Tweets will now show up in Google Search results on mobile devices, giving you a little more real-time information about the topic at hand. When performing a Google search on a mobile device, users will now start seeing relevant tweets appearing in the results feed, in addition to the normal...

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