Google Goes All-In With “OK, Google” Hands-Free Search

google-conversational-search-featured The evolution of voice-controlled search into a virtual personal assistant took another step forward with Google's announcement that all Android-powered devices (KitKat or above) will now respond to the "hotword" OK, Google. Users can initiate a search or control and carry out any function on the device simply by saying "OK, Google" first and then asking the question or stating the command: "Call XYZ . . . open my email": Starting today, you can say “Ok Google” on your Android device whenever the screen is on or your device is charging. If you’re reading your email, browsing the web [...]

Android TV Shows Knowledge Graph Search Results

Search via Android TV Google's just announced Android TV is a significant improvement over the original Google TV. It doesn't require a game controller or bulky remote to work (though a game controller can be used for Google Play Games). And you can search for content with your voice. The UI is simple and much more intuitive than Google TV. It's controlled by an app for Android phones. Voice search works by using the Android handset rather than a mic on the TV. Smartwatches running Android will also be able to act as a remote (as I understand it) for Android TV. Beyond the onstage demo during the Google I/ [...]

New Google Now Cards Include Voice-Activated Reminders

google voice search Six shiny new cards are coming for Google Now, the assistive app for Android and recently, iOS devices, that offers predictive information tailored to your needs.  The new cards, announced at Google I/O today, are for reminders, music, TV shows, public transit, books and video games. Photo credit: Danny Sullivan Reminders is an interactive feature that can be set using voice commands.  Johanna Wright, VP of Search and Assist, gave a live demonstration of a Google Now "Voice Action Reminder". Using simple voice commands, users can set reminders that then show up and activate in the [...]

Google Knowledge Graph Gets More Stats and 4 New Languages

New Google Knowledge Graph Statistics At Google I/O today, Amit Singhal, Google VP of Search, announced that statistics and four new languages are being added to the Google Knowledge Graph. Knowledge Graph is already supported English and eight other languages: French, Italian, Spanish, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Korean. Now, Polish, Turkish, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese are the latest languages to be supported in the Knowledge Graph. Here is an example of Knowledge Graph in search in Traditional Chinese. The Knowledge Graph is also going to start "anticipating your next question." As an exam [...]

Report: Google To Settle “WiSpy” Investigation With Attorneys General For Measly $7 Million

Google Street View Pegman Icon According to AllThingsD, Google is about to settle the so-called "WiSpy" investigation with 30 US state Attorneys Generals. Google will admit no wrongdoing and pay $7 million according to the report. The article says the settlement will be announced next week. In early 2012, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) concluded its own WiSpy investigation with no finding of liability against Google, but fined the company $25,000 for not cooperating with its investigation -- a claim that Google aggressively disputed. The WiSpy scandal was global in scope. If you've forgotten, it i [...]

Does Gilt Sellout Bode Well For Google Chromebooks?

Yesterday members-only site Gilt offered an invitation only one-day sale on a "limited edition" version of the forthcoming Samsung "Series 5" Chromebook -- and reportedly sold out of it. The notebook will officially go on sale on June 15th. The model being sold by Gilt was the $499 3G version. The WiFi-only version is $429. It's not clear how many Chromebooks were sold yesterday. However the novel introduction of the device on Gilt served to both create an aura of exclusivity around Chromebooks -- Gilt discounts and sells designer products -- and generate considerable buzz and coverage. [...]

Google I/O 2011 Chrome Keynote: Chromebooks Come June 15, Angry Birds For Web & More

It's day two of the Google I/O developers conference. Call it "Chrome Day," because yesterday was all about Android. What to expect? How about a Chrome computer for $20 per month? That's what's likely to be revealed during the keynote. Techmeme is buzzing with the headlines of details that have leaked out so far. The keynote will probably make that official, along with other things. It begins at 9:30 PT, as will my live blogging. Need reading while you wait? Here's the news from yesterday: Where Are They Now? Products Announced During Past Google I/O Keynotes Live Blogging The G [...]

Just Weeks Away, A Preview Of The Google +1 Button For Websites

google-plusone-featured Today at the Google I/O conference, Google gave developers a preview of how the Google +1 button can be inserted into websites, some of the stats it will offer and said it would be available "in a matter of weeks." The button will have a counter display similar to how other buttons from Facebook and Twitter work. The image over on the right is a mockup of how it might look at the Huffington Post, as created by Google. +1 Button Comes In "Weeks" No, the Huffington Post doesn't yet have this button. No one does yet, Google said. But Timothy Jordan, the developer advocate from Google who lea [...]

Google Launches Streaming Movies & Music

Screen shot 2011-05-10 at 11.06.41 AM As widely expected Google launched its Music beta today at the Google developer conference, I/O. Right now the service is US only and invitation only. Users can store 20,000 songs and the service is free (for the time being). By implication Google Music will become a paid-service at some point in the future. No Music Store, Google Still Hopeful There is no music store associated with the new Google Music beta. However Google made clear that it's still trying to strike agreements with record labels and that it's optimisitic that it will be able to do so in the future. Google made a point to s [...]

Live Blogging The Google I/O 2011 Day 1 Keynote

apple android Are you ready! We've got Google Music coming! Maybe. Certainly some Android or Chrome announcements to come, here at the first day of the Google I/O developers conference. The keynote begins at 9am PT. So does my live blogging. Seriously, there is some expectation that Google Music 3.0, a cloud-based music system, will get aired (heh, pun!) today. See our story from yesterday for more:Google Readies Cloud Music Without Record Company Blessing. Need some reading material while we wait? How about my recap of past Google I/O announcements? Here you go:Where Are They Now? Products Announced [...]

Where Are They Now? Products Announced During Past Google I/O Keynotes

google-io-where-are-they-now The keynotes at Google I/O -- Google's developer conference -- are always filled with such promise. Google TV, Google Wave, music in the cloud! But the products themselves haven't always gone on to meet expectations. With Google I/O 2011 beginning on Tuesday, here's a look back at what's happened with past keynote product graduates. Google I/O Class Of 2008 I didn't attend the very first Google I/O, held May 28-29 2008. In fact, I don't even remember much of it from the regular Google coverage that we do. Looking back on the TechCrunch coverage, a Wikipedia round-up and some checking agai [...]

Google I/O Conference 2011 Sells Out In 59 Minutes

Now in its fourth year, Google I/O is more popular than ever. The company's annual conference for the developer community opened for registration today and promptly sold out … in just 59 minutes. Vic Gundotra, Google's VP of Engineering, posted successive tweets earlier today about the speedy sellout, saying it took 90 days and 50 days in 2009 and 2010, respectively, for the event to sellout. No doubt that today's sellout is a reflection of the Google's growing popularity in the developer community (specifically re: Android), but surely it also doesn't hurt that Google gav [...]

Live Blogging Google Wave

Back at the second keynote of Google I/O. We were promised something absolutely awesome and we got it. Steve Ballmer announcing Bing on stage. Oops, that's D. This is about a new collaboration tool. Oh, and I'm live blogging this, and I've had no sleep (see Bing above), so who knows where it's all going. Oh my, Vic just said this is going to take an hour and a half. I only have half a bottle of Diet Coke. Vic says the product is magical. We'll be stunned. And the two people who made it worked on Google Maps. We won't believe this can be done in a browser. Three Ps -- it's product, pla [...]

Live Blogging The Google I/O Keynote

I'm at the Google I/O conference, where it is being opened by Google CEO Eric Schmidt. He's welcoming the audience and saying it's great to be in front of programmers and saying, "it's time. it's time for us to take advantage of the amazing opportunity before us ... it has been 20 years trying to build a programming model that's the right one." Internet programming is the right way. Have the network, the programmers to build the right types of opportunities out there. Expects Android to have a strong year, thousands of apps and lots of hardware partners who are innovating to take phon [...]

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