A recent update to Google Search has brought a few notable changes to the popular app.
Starting in version 4.2.0, the app is now simply known as Google.
The Google Now cards, which are designed to provide users with up-to-date and relevant information have also been improved. New to the lineup are cards for personalized TV recommendations and traffic information.
I’m looking forward to using both of those cards soon.
The update also improves integration with the inexpensive Chromecast streaming media device. Chromecast users can now ask Google “What’s on Chromecast?” to open the app and start casting.
A universal app designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini, Google can be downloaded now on the App Store for free.
Before today’s update, the last major changes arrived with version 4.0 landing in May. Much like with Siri, you can use your voice to ask a question, and the Google app will answer with a response. A user can even ask a follow-up question.
While Siri in iOS 8 has taken some big leaps forward, the voice search in the Google app is really fantastic, and you should definitely try it out.
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