Google updates Search app for Android 4.1, also improves Google Now feature

Google updates Search app for Android 4.1, also improves Google Now feature

Google Search is one of the main feature present in all Android devices and Android 4.1 and above devices have another advantage of the search feature is integration of Google Now. Today, Google updates its Search app for all the devices based on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and above. The new update comes with several additional Google Now features as well.

Google Search app for Android

Google Search app for Android

The updated Search app adds some new Google Now cards. Some of the cards are to provide information about nearby events and locations, the new app also provide suggestion in search results. On the other hand, there are also some new cards added in the updated version and one of them helps to search by the device’s camera in several places including museums and shops. There is also an option to automatically pull up the boarding passes from Gmail account at the time of reaching at airport, though this feature is till now only available in US. The new version app also shows weather information for the searched destinations and also provide┬ámonthly approximate summary of walking and biking activity.

Google Search app updated for Android 4.1 and above devices

Screenshot from updated Google Search app

Along with several new Google Now cards, the app also comes with several new voice commands such as to use at the time of posting status messages on Google+ profile, to show information about music or even to scan barcode of a product.

Key features added to Google Search app for Android 4.1 and above:

  • New cards:
    – Events nearby
    – Suggestions to help with your research
    – Boarding passes from Gmail (United only, more to come)
    – Search by camera when at museums or shops
    – Weather at upcoming travel destinations
    – Approximate monthly summary of walking and biking activity
    – Birthdays
  • New voice actions:
    – Post to Google+
    – Say “What’s this song?” to find the song you hear
    – Say “Scan a barcode” to find product info

Android 4.1 and above devices users can download or update Google Search app through Google Play Store.

Android Official Blog

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