Oh Google, what would a Wednesday be like without another round of first-party Android application updates? In this week’s serving, Google sent out a major update to its keyboard app bringing it to version 3.0. Google Search also received a back-end update, enabling support for two new voice commands.
The star of the show today is obviously the update to Google Keyboard. Similar to what’s already present in other keyboards such as SwiftKey, Google Keyboard version 3 now uses data from connected apps and services to improve suggestions and corrections. Upon opening the keyboard for the first time following the update, users are given information about prediction and how to turn it off. The keyboard prediction data is stored locally and can be cleared by opening keyboard settings and disabling “personalized suggestions.”
In addition to the Google Keyboard update, Google Search acquired a neat new feature that we originally saw in Google Glass. Now you can open your camera application by simply saying “take a picture” or “take a video” into the voice search box. This update doesn’t come in the form of an official application update. Rather, it’s done through Google’s back-end. So if you’re already running the latest version of Search (126.96.36.1999658), the feature will be good to go.
You can get in on the action by visiting the Google Play Store listings for Google Keyboard and Google Search. But since the Google Keyboard update is being delivered in the form of a staged roll-out, you can head over to our Dev-Host mirror to download the APK and update manually.
[Many thanks once again to kautionwirez for the keyboard APK.]_________
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