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Google Search: There’s an App for That…

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Recently, Google relaunched their television ad campaign for the improved Google Search App, which is available on devices running mainstream platforms such as iOS, Android, and Windows.

Of Google’s numerous television ads, here is the most popular spot, showing a mother doing last minute research for her daughter’s report on past US President, Martin Van Buren. It’s quite clever.

Google Search App Features & Improvements

Voice Search: In order to compete with services like Siri, Google has improved their voice search feature, which originally just input the words of your query without actually showing the answers to it.

Instant: Your spoken words are now displayed instantly as opposed to the system previously taking time to load your query. Even the answers to your query are instantly displayed and spoken back to you with a human-like voice.

Interactive: When you ask the Google Search App a question, it immediately pulls up webpages, maps, or whatever your question corresponds to. For example, when searching for a particular doctor’s office in Downtown Los Angeles, the app immediately spoke the doctor’s name, pulled up the Google map of the office location, and presented an arrow to touch and view more detailed contact information for the doctor’s office.

Realistic: Google Search App’s spoken voice is more realistic, therefore less robotic than Apple’s Siri.

Languages: Google Search App also supports more languages than Siri.

Google Search App Downfalls

Lack of Integration: Google Search App does not integrate with your phone’s operating system like Siri does when attempting to open unrelated apps, access your calendar, set up an alarm, or access your music. Siri has all of these abilities.

Lack of Understanding: Google Search App can misunderstand your question or particular words rather easily, which can cause frustration (much like Siri does too). Therefore, it is best used for simple queries such as finding out weather conditions, simple definitions, calculations, and other simplistic factual information sought.

To view more Google Search App Commercials, visit Danny Sullivan’s excellent post on the subject too.

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Google Glass To Break The Smartphone’s Reign?

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Google Glass is a wearable pair of “smart glasses” that have a head-up display (HUD) incorporated, displaying data and results per your command within a tiny prism display sitting just above your eye-line.  According to Google CEO, Sergey Brin, Google’s latest product innovation is meant to end the social isolation of smartphones as you often miss the events going on around you while playing with your phone.  Google Glass eliminates that distraction as you enjoy your life while wearing glasses and have all the functions and commands of your smartphone without having to divert your attention to your phone.

Just like any other new product release from a big player like Google or Apple, we are going to have enthusiasts, along with an equal amount of suspicion and pessimism regarding the product’s functionality as well as questioning the direction of the company’s technology evolution. So what is Google Glass and where does it stand?

Features, Functions, & Specs of Google Glass

Google Glass has many common “smart-device” features and functions, which include the following:

  • Wifi Enabled
  • Bluetooth-Enabled
  • Voice Control (Say “OK Glass” to see menu options)
  • Speech to Text Messaging
  • Built-in Microphone (e.g. Ask for directions)
  • Camera (e.g. Take pictures/video, talk with people over video chat, stream with others what you are seeing through your glasses, Google Maps/Street View Directions
  • GPS Embedded Chip for Google Maps Integration
  • Sound capabilities through bone induction which sends vibrations through your skull and transfers sound to your inner ear.
  • Battery hides within the glasses
  • Frames are flexible, lightweight and come in 5 different colors (black, sky blue, orange, grey, and white)

For even more details about Project Glass, visit TechRadar’s in-depth glance.

Already Wear Glasses? No problem

No need to wear two sets of glasses because Google is working on designs that fit over your current frames. The Glass design is modular, meaning you can add lenses and frames that match your current prescription. These custom versions should be ready in late 2013, but don’t expect it to be perfect from the start if your vision is problematic.

Price, Pre-order and Release

According to the New York Times, anonymous Google employees have reported that Google Glass will be around $750, which is equivalent to an up-to-date smartphone. They will undoubtedly be available to purchase online, with rumors of Google starting up a Google Store on a brick and mortar stage. Pre-orders were open to the public and cost $1,500, with the promise of receiving “private updates” regarding Project Glass. Google plans on releasing Project Glass to the public in 2014, with the chance of a late 2013 release.

Check out the Official Google Glass Informational page, click here.

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