There is, of course, now a watered-down version of Google Now for iOS users. And there are some bifurcated iOS apps that try to replicate the experience, but so far, nothing officially from Apple.
There's a flood of wearable tech arriving early 2014, and it feels unavoidable. Look around and spit, and there's a product in the works. Samsung, Sony, LG, Huawei, Pebble, Garmin. They're all coming sooner or later, be it by wrist or glass. January, February, March, April: most of the wearable gear we've seen at CES and Mobile World Congress will be here before you know it.
So fast, so soon, so sudden: does it mean wearable tech's great time has come? Or, does it really mean what I think it means, that everyone's trying … Read more
Google has made it easier to get Google Now on your desktop. If you're unfamiliar with Google Now, it's Google's personal assistant that loads information such as weather, sports scores, traffic, and more in one location.
Before you can get Google Now on the desktop, you'll have to activate Google Now on your mobile device (either your phone or tablet). Google Now is available within the Google Search app on both iOS and Android. In either app, Google Now is in the Settings section. For iOS, click the gear, and turn on Google Now. On Android, … Read more
Having to refer to a loved one by name when using voice commands isn't the worst thing in the world, but it can be annoying. Up until recently, saying "OK Google, call my brother" wasn't possible. But as of last week, Google has updated Google Search (and thus Google Now), adding the ability to recognize commands based on the relation the contact is to you.
But in order to use it, Google Now will need to learn a bit more about your contacts.
I'm using the relationship of brother for the purpose of this post, … Read more
When the Nexus 5 launched, it had its own custom launcher, which at that time was called the Google Experience launcher. Google announced the launcher was going to remain exclusive to the device, but as Donald Bell covered there are workarounds to get the Google Experience on other Android devices.
Then earlier this week Google updated the Google Search app and as Droid Life pointed out, it contains some interesting changes. The Google Experience launcher is now named the Google Now launcher and it includes the ability to import your current icon and folder settings.
The Google Now launcher is … Read more
The notification cards that Google Now uses to keep you updated on your Android and iOS phones and tablets are a big step closer to your desktop, as Google makes them available to Chrome Beta users on Monday.
The notifications appear when you click on the bell icon in the Windows system tray or the Mac menu bar, or the numbered icon in Chrome OS. Currently limited to English, Google said that it plans to expand to multilingual support in the future. Google has spent more than a year porting Now notifications to Chrome.
The feature brings a level of … Read more
The National Football League is jumping on the digital bandwagon.
With just three days left before the Super Bowl, the NFL unveiled NFL Now, a digital network that will deliver personalized streams of video to fans. The service won't launch until the summer, most likely around July or August.
The NFL is the latest to make a bigger push in digital and so-called over-the-top media, or videos and other content streamed over the Internet. Others, including ESPN, with its WatchESPN app, and even the World Wrestling Entertainment, with its upcoming WWE Network, are looking to Internet content to bolster … Read more
Handsets with the Google Experience Launcher, like the Moto X, allow you to launch Google Now by simply saying "OK Google." To add this functionality to most Android phones, you'd have to install the Google Launcher, which would override the launcher currently in use (even custom ones).
With the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, you don't have to override your current launcher to get convenient access to Google Now; the always listening feature is built-in, it's just pointed to the wrong app (S Voice). By using one app, S for Switch Voice, you can use the … Read more
Prolific leaker Evleaks initially posted the above images earlier this month, and then later shared the below shots on Twitter of an apparent new home screen design that borrows from both the tiled look of Windows 8 and the constantly updating "cards" of relevant data that Google Now users will find familiar. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Virtual reality 2.0: Taking a ride in the Oculus Rift Crystal Cove Prototype.
- NASA JPL takes a VR tour of Mars with Oculus Rift and Virtuix Omni (video).
- Hands-on with PlayStation Now: Everything we know so far.
- Sony at CES: PlayStation Now, "Breaking Bad," and the "wow" factor.