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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 makes it easier to find content in Google Search

    Google introduces new ways to find content from apps in Google Search

    Google has added some new ways to find content in Google Search by showing "app-first" content as well as "streaming" apps that you don't have installed. Apps have been indexed by Google for roughly two years now, and previously Google has only been able to show information from apps that have...
    Google's voice search gets better at fielding complex questions

    Google's voice search gets better at fielding complex questions

    Google's voice search is getting a big upgrade today, with the company announcing that it can now answer more complex natural language questions. The update comes in the form of a few different improvements, including the ability to understand superlatives, better handling of questions about...
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    Google Maps and Search apps add holiday hours for businesses

    We all know that during the holidays, some stores and businsses have special extended hours for shopping, along with reduced hours during the actual holiday dates. Google wants to help smartphone owners during this time with new updates that are rolling out to its Maps and Search apps that will...
    You can sign up to beta test Google Search

    You can sign up to join the beta testing of Google's Search app

    You can now sign up to beta test Google's Search app on Android. A few individuals have noticed cards in Google Now offering the ability to sign up to beta test Google Search, and now you can too. For those not familiar, through Google Play developers can beta test their apps with people who...
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    Google shows you how to Google with a set of new videos

    Google has posted a few videos showcasing the Google Search application, and all the really great things you can do with it. More than just a web search, the Google app ties into applications like your calendar or maps, and while many of us reading know how great it can be, these three...
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    Hey Google, don't just change fundamental parts of my launcher without warning

    This is the least user friendly way to update your apps. Since it became available I've been using the Google Now Launcher on pretty much every phone. Though it's of course pre-loaded on Nexuses and now Motorola phones, I even go out of my way to install it on my Galaxy Note 5 and Shield Tablet...
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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 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...


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