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Google Search app updated with Material Design and ability to search inside third-party apps

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Over the last few weeks, Google has been adding its Material Design to many of its apps, and the latest to get the same treatment is its search-enabling Google app. In addition to its new look and feature tweaks, Google is also opening up its voice assistant “OK Google” search to app developers. Also Read - Google Pay disappears from Apple App Store, users could face payment issues

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Most notably, the new update brings with it the ability to search inside other third-party apps. On its official blog, Google explains further with an example that now you can search Tumblr by saying, “OK Google, search Tumblr for Things Organized Neatly , at which point the app would send you into the Tumblr app and display the appropriate results. Also Read - Google Meet app for Android gets new interface and features

Apart from this, Google app will also search your email for events and then automatically suggest reminders to you. Additionally, certain selected phones will also have the “OK Google” command working even when their screen is turned off. Google has confirmed that only Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are getting this feature for now.

A very witty feature added to the app is that it doubles as a virtual coin. The virtual coin is built with a motive to help you make those tough everyday life-type decisions. Don’t know whether to eat Chinese or Italian for dinner? Just give a shout-out saying, ‘Ok Google, flip a coin’ and voil , your dinner woes are sorted.

Over the past week, Google has updated its Gmail, Calendar, Drive and Maps app with the new Material Design it launched with Android Lollipop. All these features will be pre-loaded with Android Lollipop and the update has already begun rolling out for Nexus devices. If you cannot wait till Google finally reaches you with the update, here’s how you can upgrade your Nexus devices to Android 5.0 Lollipop right now.

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  • Published Date: November 13, 2014 5:53 PM IST



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