Google has rolled out a new update for its Search app for Android that adds a bunch of new features to the app.
Google Search now features an improved and customizable time-to-leave
system, which can be used to remind a user who should be somewhere by a
certain time and will inform the user when should plan to leave instead.
Mountain View's Google+ page
said, "You can specify where you'll be leaving from, if you're driving
or taking public transport and how early you'd like to arrive - just tap
the card and you'll see those options - and Google Now will do the
The new update adds reminders support for more languages
namely French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese
(Brazilian) and Russian. Google has also enhanced its voice-recognition
feature, which allows a user to make calls, send messages, and search
using voice commands.
Further, Google has added a new Google Now
card for the current Sochi Olympics, which will be updating the medal
standings, news and forthcoming events. Last week, Google placed a
of its logo on its search page, intending to increase the pressure on
President Vladimir Putin over Russia's "gay propaganda" law at the
Sochi Winter Olympics. The Google Search homepage also included a quote
from the Olympics Charter underlining the right to practise sport
Google has also rolled out an update for
the Google Play Newsstand app that brings new features, such as headlines on the home screen
with the Newsstand widget, and a new 'mini cards' feature that allows
users to quickly access the headlines of the latest news. The new update
also adds an option to organize magazine issues by publication date and
translate news sources instantly.
In addition, the
yet-to-be-launched Google Now Launcher that was first spotted last week,
and was speculated to be soon released to other (non-Nexus) Android
devices as an app on the Play Store, is now available via APK (Android
application package file).
has claimed that Nexus 5's GoogleHome APK can be installed to any
Android device after updating Google Search to the latest version. The
site also reveals that the Nexus 5's Google Now Launcher is working
smoothly on the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, though some users are
reporting problems with other devices.