If you have used an Android smartphone ever then you will certainly be familiar with the Google Now launcher. It was the first public launcher that Google released and it was shipped on the company’s Nexus handsets. Countless Android devices also had it because the Google Now launcher was included in the Google Mobile Service package that Android device manufacturers have to use. Google announced in February last year that […]
For the longest time ever, Google’s voice assistant platform has been known as Google Now, which also serves up other features in Android such as cards to tell users the weather, upcoming trips, events, news, reminders, and more. However according to Android Police, that may no longer be the case.
The Amazon Echo might not have had the most celebrated launch, but it certainly has made quite an impact and has inspired the likes of Google to create their own offering. In fact if you own an Ultimate Ears UE Boom 2 or Megaboom speakers, you might want to update the speakers’ firmware.
The problem with voice assistants is that they can sound robotic. This is because their sentences are stringed together using pre-recorded sounds, and given that there are many ways one might search for something and the different results that come back, it would be an impossible task to have someone record natural-sounding lines for every scenario.
If you have been a Google Now subscriber for quite some time already, surely you are used to the very notion of notification logos appearing in the top corner of the screen each time there is an update to a score in a game, or perhaps a weather alert of an incoming blizzard – it does not matter, it just appears. For instance, a tiny soccer ball icon would indicate […]
Google Now is a fully-featured digital personal assistant by Google. It can help in many of different ways, such as setting reminders, manage commute, help with shopping, answer common questions, and much more… However, all these features first require a setup, and a basic knowledge of the commands.We are going to show you how to get started with Google Now and use it’s helpful feature to make your life easier.
In terms of native voice assistant software on mobile devices, we have Siri, Google Now, and Cortana which are made by Apple, Google, and Microsoft respectively. They all have their strong traits and also their fair share of weaknesses, but speaking overall, is there one that does better than the rest?According to a recent study conducted by Experts Exchange, they pit all three voice assistants against each other and based […]
It looks as though anything that is of the digital age is never 100% secure, although it sure is a whole lot more secure than storing your password on a written piece of paper. Still, this does not mean that we do not do our part in making sure that the best security practices are adhered to. When it comes to Apple’s Siri and Google Now, it seems that there […]
If there is one thing frustrating about voice assistants such as Siri and Google Now, is that when you don’t have any access to the internet, they become pretty much useless. However the good news is that it appears that Google has made some updates behind the scenes because it looks like Google Now will support some offline commands.The range of commands is a bit limited compared to if you […]
Google unveiled Android M earlier this year and it got everybody thinking since then about the version number and the moniker for the next major Android update. The company has finally confirmed it though, it’s called Android 6.0 Marshmallow and the new software will be released over the fall. Google has released the third developer preview for Marshmallow and from that preview the Android 6.0 Marshmallow Google Now launcher has been ripped […]
As some of you might have heard, Microsoft is working on bringing Cortana to iOS and Android devices, meaning it will no longer be an exclusive to Windows-based devices. However we had previously mentioned that it might not necessarily gain the same amount of traction due to the fact that it isn’t baked into the OS itself.This means that calling it up will see users launching an app, versus being […]
Back in April Google launched custom voice actions on Android which allowed users to control select third party applications using the “OK Google” voice command, which brings up the Google Now digital assistant that can help with a wide variety of tasks including but not limited to performing online searches. Custom voice actions have been expanded to some of the most popular instant messaging apps which means you can now use […]
Earlier this month SoundHound launched Hound, their own voice assistant software. The app is currently in beta although a recent video showed that it had no problems handling the competition. However if you don’t have access to the beta and want to see how well Hound fares under a different scenario, the folks at PocketNow have a new video that shows just that.Similar to the previous video we saw, this […]
If you’re new to Android and you’re wondering how best to take advantage of the Google Now voice assistant feature, fret not because Google is here to save the day. It has recently been discovered that Google has been including suggestions in the search bar as to what kind of questions you could ask Google Now.As you can see in the screenshots above, courtesy of Redditor BackcountryAdventure, it shows that […]