Users with Search Generative Experience enabled might notice some new swipe actions
Browsing the web on your phone tends to take a bit more work than browsing on your computer. Screen real estate is limited and there's no right-click option, so things like saving bookmarks and sharing links are just a little harder to do. In general, it's safe to say we need something more intuitive and fluid. In that vein, Google has introduced a way to save and send links using touchscreen gestures.
Find the song stuck in your head!
Few things in life are as irritating as slow internet speed or a song stuck in your head. While you install these Wi-Fi 6 mesh routers in your home to solve the slow internet speed issue, let us tell you how you can find a song's title, even if you only partially remember the tune, using Google. So next time you are at a party and want to add the groovy music blasting in the background to your playlist, or you can't remember the song stuck in your head, you can use the steps below to identify the song.
Don't miss out on one of Google's most useful tools
Google Lens is a powerful tool that can translate text from images in real time, identify objects, find an item in a reverse image search, scan QR codes, copy text from images, and more. It's available on most Android devices, including our favorite tablets, and there are various ways to access it, depending on your device.
Google is serving bookmarks and blogs in a single feature
Google Collections is a nifty web browsing tool that can save you the headache of combing through your Google search history. It allows you to save links, images, and more in conveniently organized virtual folders. Think of it like a powerful bookmarking tool that's hooked to your Google Account.
Search, shop, translate, and more with Google Lens
In the ever-evolving world of Android, Google continues to push the boundaries of innovation with its remarkable features. Among these, Google Lens stands out as a game-changer, redefining how we interact with our smartphones.
Making follow-up searching more convenient
Generative AI is everywhere right now, and Google isn't exempt from the phenomenon. The company is incorporating the tech into Search as part of Search Labs, with SGE, or Search Generative Experience, entering public preview recently. Meanwhile, the Google app for Android recently picked up a dedicated finance widget that shows information on stock prices, indexes, and other relevant data. The company is now experimenting with a new drag-and-drop search experience within the app, allowing users to drag a search result (link, text, or images) to the top of the screen.
Learn how to turn dark mode off in Google Search when using a smartphone or computer
It's important to be able to turn off dark mode on Google Search to increase productivity. Studies show most people have better reading performance when using a light theme. However, a dark theme offers some advantages, such as retaining night vision, extending battery life on a mobile device, and perhaps looking more aesthetically pleasing.
The collaboration database can seriously improve your ability to work with a remote or hybrid team
The pandemic has made digital business tools and apps popular for companies around the world. From the rise of Zoom to the frequently updated Microsoft Teams platform, several online resources can make life easier for professionals who work remotely. An increasingly popular type of business resource during and after the pandemic has been collaboration platforms that allow for remote communication while facilitating work. Google Tables is poised to be one of the more popular options available.
The company also wants to automatically enroll millions of users for two-factor authentication
It’s October, and that doesn’t only mean it’s the Halloween season, no — it’s also the Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and Google is using the opportunity to share a few updates on its security measures for accounts and apps. The highlight is likely the announcement that the company is finally adding an easily accessible shortcut to its password manager right to the Google app.
There's a new 'Personal results' toggle in Search
One of the many things that set Google's search capabilities apart from the rest is its excellent personalized results. While that might make some users feel a little unsure about their privacy, it does make for a more accurate search engine. If you're not interested in having your results customized and tailored to your history, Google has added a new toggle in its app to disable it altogether.
Unfortunately there's no sign of Weather Frog
At-a-glance weather has to be one of the most popular options for homescreen widgets out there. So it's strange that Google doesn't have a self-branded option, beyond the tiny little nugget in the Google News widget. It looks like that's about to change: code in the Google app indicates that a new Assistant-branded weather widget.
It's boobs. We mean boobs. There are boobs on the internet.
Google's SafeSearch keeps you from stumbling into the seedier side of the internet without warning. It's a super useful tool, especially if you're sharing your devices with younger family members. On Android, SafeSearch's toggle is buried within the Google app settings, but it's about to get a whole lot easier to access.
The Pixel Launcher's feed gets a new coat of paint
Google Discover is a key part of the Pixel Launcher, even if it isn't everyone's cup of tea. While some people still miss Google Now years after its replacement appeared, many users rely on it to access a curated list of recommended news stories and topics. With Android 12 bringing a whole new look to your phone, Discover just wouldn't feel complete without an extra splash of color to match your device.
Things have changed, and they're now in a more sensible location
Google has been in the process of redesigning its Android apps for a while now. Specifically, it's been moving individual app settings into the account switcher in the top right corner of most of its applications. The Google search app is among the last outliers with its settings living in a More bottom tab in the bottom right corner. But now, a Reddit post suggests that this layout might not be there for long.
A rogue update seems to be behind the problem
Several users have taken to social media to report that the Google app on their Android phone is constantly crashing. While there's no clear reason why this is happening, a new update seems to be causing the problem.
Google Doodles spread their background color down the feed
Google is focusing on the visual experience of Android 12. The latest fruit of that endeavor is a bit of fresh paint on the Discover feed. Google Doodles, the little shifting variations on the Google logo, have appeared at the top of the feed for a while now. But with the latest version of Google search installed on Android 12, Doodles now theme the background of the feed itself. Neat.
An easier way to snooze your alarm every morning
Unlike most other developers, unfinished features constantly appear in Google's updates, hinting at plenty of new content in the works. Following an update to the Google app on Android, a new "Guacamole" menu is appearing in the Assistant settings list for some users. Once active, it'll let certain tasks be performed without saying "Hey Google" at all.
We're not sure how this differs from pre-existing Routines shortcuts, though
Google Assistant is arguably the best voice assistant on a smartphone right now — from making restaurant reservations to holding calls for you, it can do so much. But if you're not in the mood for talking, an upcoming feature will give you a handy, speech-less way of getting Assistant to help you out.
A welcome change
Last year, Google swapped Chrome custom tabs for an in-app browser in the Google app for Android. While the new browser was flashier, it was sort of a downgrade as it lacked certain features. It seems like Google is working on improving the experience with a bottom bar in the latest Android beta.
Very cool, this is
You won't have to go to a galaxy far, far away to meet a beloved character who has been an internet sensation since it first featured in Disney's The Mandalorian show last year. Thanks to Google, you can now virtually place a life-sized Grogu — colloquially known as Baby Yoda — right in your room.