Updated Google app gets Material Design + new smarts

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Chodite, Nov 13, 2014.

  1. Chodite macrumors 6502a

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    Pretty slick stuff. Can even now ask Google to search using other apps! Ex: "Ok Google, search Trip Advisor app for hotels in ___"

    Currently available for Android-only devices.

    Owners of the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be spoiled: the updated app lets them use “OK Google” when the screen is off and their device is unplugged.

    Details:

    http://techcrunch.com/2014/11/12/googles-search-app-for-android-gets-material-design-update-and-new-smarts/

    http://www.phonearena.com/news/New-Google-app-with-Material-Design-update-starts-rolling-out_id62789

    http://www.androidcentral.com/ok-google-comes-third-party-apps-google-search-update
     
  2. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    Is the device off "ok google" only on the n6 and n9? Or will it work on the n5?
     
  3. iososx macrumors 6502a

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    It works on any Android 4.0.x and above. I really enjoy it's speed accuracy and comprehensive abilities. Far more than Siri that's on my iP6+.
     
  4. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    I know that is true for using "ok google" on the lock screen, but I specifically mean "ok google" when the device is off. I would image a lot of phones would not have the hardware to support that feature.
     
  5. iososx macrumors 6502a

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    Oops, you're right in my haste I missed that. It would have to be listening which very few phones do at this point.

    On a positive note what is quite impressive is how they have recently integrated Google Now with the Google Laucher for phones that didn't cone with G Now, to which we may linke to Good Now, Then reconfigure it for your own choice of launch keywords other that OK Google .
     
  6. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    Hopefully they include a pair of sunglasses also to protect our eyes from the white on off white.
     
  7. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    you are correct. if the screen is off. it does not work.
     
  8. TheHateMachine macrumors 6502a

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    Do you use sunglasses when you browse MacRumors? :p
     
  9. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    No because windows allows me to have a dark theme....WOOOOOO. :cool:
     

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