Itching to replace Siri with Google Now on your iPhone? Well, you might have to wait a while longer. TechCrunch reports that Google (GOOG) chairman Eric Schmidt on Thursday said that it was up to Apple (AAPL) on whether Google’s voice-enabled personal assistant application would make its way to the App Store anytime soon. When asked about Google Now coming to iOS at the Google Big Tent Summit in India this week, Schmidt responded that “you’ll need to discuss that with Apple” because “Apple has a policy of approving or disapproving apps that are submitted into its store, and some of them they approve and some of them they don’t.” In other words, it sounds as though the company has submitted Google Now to Apple for approval and that it’s currently waiting to see whether it gets approved. More →
Google Now, the voice-enabled personal assistant available on Android smartphones and tablets, may be making its way to the desktop. A new reference to the feature was discovered in the latest Chromium release, which gives users the ability to enable or disable the option. The feature is not yet available, however, and requires users to input the relevant — and secret — Google Now server information. Earlier reports indicated that Google (GOOG) was interested in expanding its virtual assistant beyond Android. The feature is listed to support Chrome for Windows and Chrome OS, although it is speculated that a Mac OS X release could also be in the works.
Google (GOOG) on Wednesday updated its Google Search application for devices running Android 4.1 and higher to include several new features. The application now offers a home screen and lock screen widget for Google Now, the company’s award-winning personal assistant, and also includes access to movie passes from Fandango, ratings and reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, real estate listings from Zillow, a new music button and support for U.S. college sports. The Google Search app is available for free from Google Play.
Google Now, the award-winning personal assistant/psychic stalker app that’s being pitched as a superior alternative to Siri, may be about to get its very own Android widget. AndroidCentral has spotted a reference to an in-development Google Now widget on a Google (GOOG) support page that goes right on users’ smartphone home screens and that gives them quick access to the information they most often request through the software. In the example shown on AndroidCentral, the widget displays the distance the user has to travel before arriving home, the weather at their current location and a stock ticker that displays Google’s share price. There’s no word on when this widget will be available but AndroidCentral speculates it will come through a manual update via the Google Play store.
As we’ve noted before, Google’s (GOOG) new voice-enabled personal assistant Google Now is one of the coolest new features on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and it’s received a lot of acclaim from around the tech world. And now, per Engadget, it looks like anyone with a desktop computer will soon be able to enjoy Google’s Siri killer right from within the Chrome web browser. More →
Google (GOOG) Now has received a lot of acclaim over the past few months, and now it’s received the coveted “Innovation of the Year” award from Popular Science as well. The publication praised Google’s voice-enabled personal assistant/psychic stalker app as “the first virtual assistant that truly anticipates your needs” and singled the way it “quietly keeps track of searches, calendar events, locations, and travel patterns.” Popular Science also couldn’t resist throwing an elbow at Apple’s (AAPL) Siri voice assistant, which it said seemed “outdated” compared to Google Now. More →
Siri got better in iOS 6 and will continue to get better in iOS 6.1, but compared to Google (GOOG) search assistant Google Now, it’s still very disappointing. Not only is Google Now faster, it’s more intelligent at providing useful answers and is more accurate at understanding human speech. If you’ve got a jailbroken iPhone, the NowNow hack is a nifty tweak that replaces Siri with Google Now. As you can see in the video below, the hack works very well. NowNow is available in the BigBoss Repository on Cydia and requires the Google Search iOS app to be installed or else it won’t work. More →
We’ve known about Google (GOOG) Now for months now, but Technology Review has an in-depth report on the new Android feature that details how it plans to one-up Apple’s (AAPL) popular Siri voice assistant by delivering information before you even ask for it. Anyone who thinks this sounds rather invasive is absolutely right, as Technology Review says that the software uses “the constant stream of data a smartphone collects on its owner with clues about the person’s life that Google can sift from Web searches and e-mails to guess what he or she would ask it for next.” More →
Nearly three months after Google (GOOG) announced Jelly Bean, Sprint (S) on Thursday finally updated the Galaxy Nexus smartphone to the latest version of Android. The update includes the normal benefits of Jelly Bean such as Google Now, offline voice dictation and the Project Butter user interface, however it will also remove Flash support. “Adobe will not be certifying the Adobe Flash Player for Android Mobile devices that either release with or update to Android 4.1,” Sprint said in its update notes. “Devices that upgraded from Android 4.0 to Android 4.1, may exhibit unpredictable behavior, as it is not certified for use with Android 4.1. Adobe recommends uninstalling Flash Player on devices which have been upgraded to Android 4.1.” Verizon Wireless (VZ) is now the only carrier that has not updated the Galaxy Nexus to the latest version of Android. More →
Google (GOOG) on Wednesday updated its Android Search app with some extra goodies for Google Now. The new version adds support for movie theaters, public alerts, enhanced sports information and it now reorganizes Korean. Google Now can be set to display a card that includes movie showtimes based on how a user searches or even if the smartphone is near a theater. The new public alerts card will be displayed during emergencies, and will include information and warnings regarding storms, earthquakes and more. Google previously would supply sports information based on earlier searches, however with the enhanced sports card, users can now manually input their favorite teams to receive scores and updates. The latest version of Google Now is included in the Google Search app, which is available now on the Play Store for users running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. More →
Google Now is one of the coolest new features that Google has brought to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but since Jelly Bean has only been announced for three different devices so far, it could be a while before most Android users actually get to use it. But thankfully, an XDA-Developers forum member has come up with a way to bring Google Now to a few extra users by concocting a port over to Ice Cream Sandwich devices. XDA-Developers’ Will Verduzco writes on the official XDA blog that “by simply modifying the build.prop” on the app, Ice Cream Sandwich devices can gain access to the program. XDA developer febycv has posted full instructions for completing the port on the XDA Developers forum. More →