GOOGLE NOW Posts on XDA

Exploring Assistant, A New Voice Interface with Familiar Problems and a Bright Future

A staple of sci-fi movies and games is the inclusion of an intelligent robot that receives and executes commands with ease. As we move deeper into the 21st century, the lovable AI personalities we see on TV and in games are slowly making their way into real life in the form of our mobile assistants.. Mobile assistant...

A Note on Google Assistant’s Fluidity and Speech Recognition

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Google Now’s voice commands (or rather Google Assistant as it is now called). I love the idea of what it will be able to do one day, and I love what it can do when it works. If it works. And therein lies the hate. That delay....

PSA: Disabling Accessibility Services Breaks OK Google Audio Feedback on Nougat

"OK Google, what's the weather like tomorrow." The Google App's voice recognition feature is incredibly useful for answering many basic questions, though the feature tends to be underutilized in public spaces. Many phones with dedicated voice processing chips are able to summon Google Search with a simple hotword, and if your phone isn't silenced you'll...

Tearing Down Google Apps Updates: What’s (Possibly) Coming!

Hello readers of our portal! As you might know, many applications are updated or released during the week of Google I/O. Most of these updates are pretty major and most of their features are detailed by the developer teams in the changelog. However, not every upcoming feature gets noted, so we're here to teardown the APKs...

In-Depth Look at Google Now for Android Wear

Google Now is arguably the single biggest "wow factor" of Android, and if $300 notification bands (aka smartwatches) are solutions in search of a problem, Now is certainly their saving grace. After all, Google's virtual assistant serves up answers, launches apps, sets reminders, takes dictation, and forms the central pillar around which the entire Wear platform is built....

Amazon Echo vs Google Now – Digital Assistant Showdown!

Two weeks ago, we talked about the must have item from Amazon, the Echo. In the comments there was a lot of discussion about which digital assistant implementation was actually better: Amazon Echo or, the Android standard, Google Now. Is it dependent on whether you want it to me mobile or not? Is it physical hardware versus software? In this...

SF Launcher 2: Material Design, Further Googlified

I've been using Nova Launcher for 3 years. I've had to test multiple launchers for our XDA link sharing system, and they always ended up in app heaven a few minutes after verifying they weren't bogus or malicious. There is something you just cannot beat about the simplicity of Nova, which takes Android to its...

Google App Update Disables Features For Millions

Users from outside of the United States and Europe have reported their features outright disabled with the latest update to the Google App (formerly known as Google Search). The countries that seem to suffer from this functionality black out seem to be those in Latin America and other spanish-speaking countries. A PSA was posted on the Android Wear subreddit...

Always On “OK Google” Now Available with the Australian Accent

The phrase “OK Google” has sort of become the catchphrase of Google Now across all devices running Android, be it the smartphone, the tablet, or the smartwatch. If you want something done, such as to do a Google search, set an alarm, or search for directions, simply say “OK Google” into your device and state...

Chromecast Family Games Launched, More Apps Get Material Design

"It is the calm before the storm." Truer words have rarely been spoken. Whether we're referring to an actual storm or a metaphorical one, the eerie calmness that precedes it does not go unnoticed. Sure enough, the months following Google I/O 2014 had little to no activity in the Android sphere, with Nexus 9 leaks...

Android Wear App Review: Command Google Now with Commandr – XDA Developer TV

“OK Google. Make Me a sandwich.” How many times have you made this joke? Apparently we’ve done it often enough that Google made it an Easter egg.  Wouldn’t it be great if Google Now could do more complicated or useful tasks? Well, it can’t quite make you an actual sandwich, but maybe we can get...

XDA Xposed Tuesday: ‘Ok Google’ for 3rd Party Launchers – XDA Developer TV

"Ok Google, write my article for me." Well I guess it was worth a try. Users on the Google Experience Launcher have now gotten used to being able to say "OK Google" to launch Google Voice Search. Wouldn't it be nice to have this functionality on third party launchers? In this episode of XDA Xposed Tuesday,...
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