If you're using Chris Lacy's Action Launcher, there's a pretty sizable updating waiting for. Version 1.20 brings a helpful search feature right there in the Action Bar. It's able to search through your contacts, apps and even music, giving the results there there on the home screen. Action Launcher's unique "Covers" — think folders with more functionality — have gotten even better and now serve as app shortcuts as well as a folder with more options inside. There also are options to hide apps from the app list, some visual changes, and you can import home screens from other third-party launchers.
We've got the entire changelog after the break (Lacy jokes that it's too long to fit on a single Nexus 7 screen, which is saying something), and some demo video is ready to go there as well. The update should be live in Google Play any time now.
The company’s search engine will become formidable when it includes the text of comments and the vast store of Open Graph data about things outside Facebook.
Facebook’s new Graph Search—a feature that lets you search through the data shared by your friends—clearly needs some work (see “Facebook’s New Graph Search: Not Very Good”). It relies solely on the “likes,” check-ins, and profile data provided by your friends – signals that may be incomplete or unreliable unless you have friends all over the world who always faithfully check in wherever they go, and like products and brands honestly, not ironically. What’s more, queries must be structured in a way that often makes you feel like you’re talking to a database.
It’s going to take time and user buy-in for Graph Search to be truly worthwhile.
For years, we’ve been shoveling data into Facebook’s maws by way of status updates, photo uploads, comments, “likes,” and check-ins. Until this week, though, there has never been a way to really sift through any of that data.
The success of the social network’s new search tool will depend on how much information its users are willing to share.
Facebook hopes you’ll use its new social search feature, Graph Search, to find everything from dentists your friends recommend in New York to restaurants they’re talking about in San Francisco. But while the tool appears to be a smart way to glean insights from your connections, experts say it is inherently limited by the amount of useful information shared within a user’s social circle or made publicly available by those outside that circle. That means it may take time—and effort on the part of Facebook users—for it to be truly useful.
Mark Zuckerberg demonstrated a search service that taps into the information shared by a Facebook user’s friends.
We've got the usual great set of app picks for your enjoyment this week, covering all genres. You can add a watermark to a picture, keep those pictures safe from unwanted eyes, check out some classic comic strips and more.
Read on and see how we did this week. And if you see an app you like, spend a couple bucks on it — hard working developers deserve to be paid when they make something great.
Google has been very busy. Along with the YouTube app for the iPhone 5, the search giant also found the time to update its iPad app, adding some extra tweaks and improvements that users will find extremely useful. Not surprisingly, the new Google experience focuses on finding restaurants, bars and entertainment establishments in your area. Now, the app showcases a horizontal feed that you can swipe back and forth with ease. If you start looking for ?Iranian restaurants? for example, the application will ?scan? your location then it show you pictures of the restaurants pertaining to the category you are looking for.
More than that, users of the app will find it useful that a Google map has been added to the restaurant?s section. It will pop-up once you select the particular place. If you are not sure where you should go dining, you can read some reviews that are also shown after you have tapped on a location. The app has been designed with the tablet experience in mind, so if you want more information, don?t be afraid to swipe until you find what you are looking for.
Not sure what you you?re in the mood for today? You can search restaurants or clubs by specific geographical area. The option is situated on the upper right corner and will showcase a map. From there, it?s easy to spot the area you want to scan. The updated app is part of Google?s strategy of localizing user experience and is a much needed addition.
The GMail power users among us may be aware of some of the more advanced search operators that are at our disposal. Things like typing "from:david has:attachment" and getting relevant search results is a great feature for those of us with gigs upon gigs of mail waiting to be searched. These features are now part of the latest GMail app — version 4.2 — available on Android 4.2 devices.
In our testing of a random sampling of the advanced search operators, they all seem to work just fine in the app. The results are found quickly, even for mail that isn't already downloaded locally, and it seems to bring back all of the same results that the desktop does. You can find a full list of the supported search operators at the source link below.
Source: GMail Support; Thanks, RonDon!
Google has today announced that it has launched a new version of its iOS Search app, complete with enhanced voice search. Could this be Google?s attempt to take on Siri at her own game? Posting about the new update in the official Google Blog, Google said that the app will answer any question you ask using Google search results, via ?fast and accurate voice recognition technology? that ensures that Google understands what you?re telling it. Google says that the use of Knowledge Graph in its search technology helps the app to answer questions about people and places in the real world, or to immediately fulfil a command such as asking it to play a trailer from the new James Bond film. Google will even speak the answers back at you, in Siri fashion, if the question can be answered quickly. Will be interesting to see how well this works!
Click here to download the free app: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/googl…284815942?mt=8
Source: Official Google Blog: Google’s most advanced voice search has arrived on iOS
The uber-expensive European versions have been updated, as well as the bare-bones free version, though the South Africa, New Zealand, and Australian versions are still a bit behind. We've got a full review of t CoPilot Live here, and will have a Q&A with the devs going up sometime this week.
Anybody using CoPilot regularly? How does it fare compared to the core Google Maps experience? Is there any room for third-party GPS apps when Android provides a fairly robust one out of the box?