‘Ok Google’ Voice Search Arrives in Chrome OS Dev Channel…

Your Chromebooks will soon get the magical “OK Google” voice command, just like the Android brotherhood.

So saying something like “Ok Google, find a bakery near me” will list suggestions for “find a bakery near me” – in this case just a normal Google Search.

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How to activate “OK Google” in a Chromebook

As mentioned above, be sure to be on the Chrome OS Dev channel.
Enable the experimental app launcher start page flag – chrome://flags/#enable-app-launcher-start-page.
Yes, Chromebooks (Chrome OS) now has the ability to initiate a search when you say “OK Google”.

Google has added a “voice recognizer plugin” to make this feature work offline too. So, even when you are offline, you can get things (that do not need a connection) done using this command.

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François Beaufort, of Google mentions this should just be the beginning. Right now you can only search, but eventually Google should optimize voice actions to work system-wide (much like with Android). Ideally, this will turn into a Google Now variant for the Chromebook. It will probably be able to perform actions like “Open Gmail”, “Open Google Play Music” and more.

Possibilities are limitless François says. This feature is just in its early stages, so we will soon see pretty useful things coming our way.

You can imagine the potential with this type of feature.

With the Google website already supporting more complex voice searches and Google Now features slowly creeping into Chrome itself, it’s only a matter of time before “Ok Google” becomes the fastest – and best – way to search on your Chromebook.

Google Flight Search adds save option to access flights on all devices

OK GoogleGoogle Voice SearchGoogle today announced it’s adding a handy new feature to its Google Flight Search tool that allows users to find and book flights. Now, when viewing a flight on Google Flight Search on the web or your mobile device, you’ll be able to hit a small star icon that will save your flight to a “Save Flights” section.     More on this article

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Google Search for iOS updated. Major improvements to Google Now.

Google Search for iOS has been updated to 3.0.2

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Google Announces It Will Update Chrome for iOS With Voice Search

Google has announced that it will update its Chrome browser for iOS with voice search.

Over the coming days, we’re rolling out an update for iPhone and iPad as well. You can now speak your searches into the omnibox. Touch the microphone, say your search query aloud and see your results (in some cases spoken back to you), all without typing a single letter. 

The update will also enable faster reloading of web pages by more efficient use of the cache.

As announced previously, Google notes that iOS apps can now give you the option to open links in Chrome and then return to the app with just one tap.

Earlier today, Google enabled conversational voice search for users on Chrome 27.

We’ll let you know as soon as the update is live in the App Store.

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Google still testing simpler homepage layout with dedicated app launcher button

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9to5Google reader, today, sent in a screenshot of a new Google homepage layout that the company is testing. It is unclear how spread the testing is of this homepage, but it’s no secret that Google tests new page layouts with small numbers of users. These test layouts sometimes never even get rolled out to the complete user base.

Notably, the new layout sports a button to quickly access Google’s various web applications.That new apps button appears to replace the top bar with the most commonly used Google services (like Mail, YouTube, and Drive).

Google began testing this new layout in February, but the appearance of testing in April could point to this new design still being under consideration or could point to extended testing.

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Chrome Omnibox Replaces the Google Search Box in iOS

A few weeks ago, a post from the Chrome blog mentioned that Chrome for iOS will integrate the omnibox with Google Search. “Now you can see your search term in the omnibox, instead of the long search URL. This will help you refine search queries and view more content on the results page. This feature will roll out in the coming weeks, so you may not see it right away after upgrading.”

I’ve noticed this feature when using the incognito mode. It’s almost like the experimental feature from Chrome OS: Google’s mobile interface no longer includes a search box and the query is displayed in the omnibox, where you can change it. If you go to google.com, you’ll still see the regular Google search box and the query won’t be displayed in the omnibox.

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Google Search Box Vanishing from Omnibar Searches in Chrome Dev

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Like many people I use Google Chrome’s omnibar/address bar/URL spot to make my Google searches.

It’s quicker than heading over to Google.com itself because it’s always there, always ready.

But lately I’ve noticed that searches made from the omnibar are behaving a bit differently in Chrome OS Dev: the Google Search results page no longer shows a search box on the page.

Instead your search term remains in the omnibar, badged by ‘Google Search’.

As with anything that happens in the Dev channel there’s no guarantee that this behavior is staying, but for now it’s something to be aware of if you’re also an omni-searcher like myself..

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Google Image Search to Add Filters For Animations and Transparent Images

Google tests a new version of the advanced image search page that lets you restrict the results to transparent images and animated images. The most popular image file formats that support transparency are GIF and PNG, while most animated images are GIF files.  Animated GIFs made a comeback and they’re popular again. “Just as the LP has enjoyed a second spin among retro-minded music fans, animated GIFs — the choppy, crude snippets of video loops that hearken back to dial-up modems — are enjoying an unlikely vogue as the digital accessory of the moment,” says the New York Times.

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Google Tests a New Navigation Interface

Google tests a new navigation menu that’s more compact and includes fewer services. You need to click an icon that’s placed next to the “sign in” button and you can access popular services like Google Maps, YouTube, Gmail, Google Drive and Google Calendar. For some reason, the menu includes a redundant icon for Google Search even when you’re using Google’s search engine.

The interface seems to be inspired by Chrome’s app launcher, uses less space, but it’s not very obvious. It’s like a new version of the hidden navigation menu that was launched back in 2011 and removed after a few weeks.

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New Google Weather OneBox for Desktop

Google updated the weather OneBox from the desktop search interface to match the tablet interface. The new OneBox is huge, it includes more information and it’s more interactive. While the old OneBox only displayed the weather forecast for 4 days, the new one has an hourly and an 8-day forecast for temperature, precipitation and wind.

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The Old Image Search, Still Available

The old Google Image Search interface is still available in the OneBox result that’s displayed for some Google searches like [tropical birds] or [europe map]. If you add “image”, “images”, “photo” or “photos” to your query, Google will show 4 times more image results. It’s like a simplified image search interface inside the regular Google Search.

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Google Search Gets a Design Refresh

Today Google is rolling out a small design refresh for its Search product, making the user interface consistent with Search on mobile and tablet devices.

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Google Search update brings movie listings, public alerts and more to Google Now

In an update this evening for the Google Search for Android app, the folks in Mountain View included some goodies for the Jelly Bean-exclusive Google Now.

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A more dynamic mobile reading experience

Last year Google introduced mobile templates on Blogger, and Dynamic Views for the desktop. Since then, over 2 million blogs have started using Dynamic Views on desktop, and users have asked them for more mobile features. So today, they are bringing the speed and advanced reading experience of Dynamic Views to mobile.  Configuring your blog to use a Dynamic View on mobile will result in a reading experience that mirrors the desktop, but is optimized for mobile.

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Fun fact: One Google search uses the computing power of the entire Apollo space mission

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We know that technology has come a far way over the years, but it’s easy to forget just how far. According to Google, just one action taken on its search engine by a single user uses the computing power of the entire Apollo space missions.

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Search Engine usage: Despite Bing’s home-court advantage on IE, Google still dominant overall at 74%

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Despite being the default search engine choice on Internet Explorer, Bing still holds far less share than Google. Google Search is also still the overall winner, holding a 74% share of searching across Safari, Opera, IE, Firefox and Chrome.

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Google mobile search gets a Google Now-style makeover

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Google’s continuing to transform its search product into a knowledge engine, as evidenced by the new Google Search app on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and its Google Now features. Today some of that functionality is starting to bleed over into the company’s mobile search offering, with the launch of rich “interactive answers” to mobile search queries.

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