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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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    You can now send yourself a note or set an alarm from a Google desktop search

    You can now send yourself a note or set an alarm from a Google desktop search

    With some new commands you can now set alarms and send notes to your Android device, right from a Google desktop search. Google recently added the ability to send directions to your phone right from a desktop search on your computer, and now they have added even more options. You can now set an...
    Google search results on smartphones will now favor mobile-friendly sites

    Google search results on smartphones will now favor mobile-friendly sites

    Google has rolled out a change to search today that will rank mobile-friendly sites higher when searching on mobile devices. The changes rolling out today are intended to make it easier for mobile search users to land on pages that are much easier to view on smaller screens. From Google:...
    Google 'Find My Phone'

    You can now quickly Google 'find my phone' to locate your misplaced Android device

    Lose your phone? You can now simply ask Google to find it for you right from a web search. Google's ability to find and ring your phone or tablet has expanded outside of the Android Device Manager to regular Google search. You can now open up the main Google search page in your browser and type...
    Google changes mobile search results to display site names in place of URLs

    Google changes mobile search results to display website names in place of URLs

    Google has announced a small, but nonetheless interesting change to the way it displays website URLs in mobile searches today. Specifically, search results will now display a website's actual name instead of its URL, along with what Google calls a "breadcrumb-like format" for the URL structure...

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    You can now send yourself a note or set an alarm from a Google desktop search

    You can now send yourself a note or set an alarm from a Google desktop search

    With some new commands you can now set alarms and send notes to your Android device, right from a Google desktop search. Google recently added the ability to send directions to your phone right from a desktop search on your computer, and now they have added even more options. You can now set an...
    Google search results on smartphones will now favor mobile-friendly sites

    Google search results on smartphones will now favor mobile-friendly sites

    Google has rolled out a change to search today that will rank mobile-friendly sites higher when searching on mobile devices. The changes rolling out today are intended to make it easier for mobile search users to land on pages that are much easier to view on smaller screens. From Google:...
    Google changes mobile search results to display site names in place of URLs

    Google changes mobile search results to display website names in place of URLs

    Google has announced a small, but nonetheless interesting change to the way it displays website URLs in mobile searches today. Specifically, search results will now display a website's actual name instead of its URL, along with what Google calls a "breadcrumb-like format" for the URL structure...
    App indexing in Google Search includes all apps now

    Google Search now showing all apps related to search content, not just the ones already installed

    Google has changed the way that app indexing is handled on Google Search and is now showing any available related apps instead of just ones you already have installed. Apps have been indexed in Google Search for quite some time already, but today Google has made some changes to the way it...
    Google 'Find My Phone'

    You can now quickly Google 'find my phone' to locate your misplaced Android device

    Lose your phone? You can now simply ask Google to find it for you right from a web search. Google's ability to find and ring your phone or tablet has expanded outside of the Android Device Manager to regular Google search. You can now open up the main Google search page in your browser and type...
    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...

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