This week in your world of Android: the HTC One (M8) finally launched, rumors of business features coming to Android surfaced, Google Now hit Chrome, Office for Android went free, Facebook bought VR startup Oculus, and news broke that Google mandates OEMs to use “Powered by Android” on boot screens.These are the essential stories, the summary of an entire week in just a few words. It’s Android Weekly.
Android Weekly: Android Wear, Oppo Find 7, new Google Now commands and more
This week in your world of Android: Google launched Android Wear, Moto and LG teased their new smartwatches, the Chromecast and Nexus arrived to more countries along with Play Movies and Music, Oppo introduced the amazing Find 7, KitKat finally hit Sony’s flagships, the Galaxy S5 went up for preorder, and some cool new features were added to Google Now.These are the essential stories, the summary of an entire week in just a few words. It’s Android Weekly.
Not sure what music to listen to, just ask Google Now on Android to “play some music”
Google is well known for its shenanigans and easter eggs when it comes to search, just try a Google search for "askew" to see them in action. So when Google Now on Android gets a cool new voice activated feature, I wonder if it is an easter egg or a full blown feature. This time around, try following up "Okay, Google" with "play some music" and you'll get an "I'm feeling lucky" radio station fired up in the Google Play Music app.
Google Search update introduces ‘Take a Picture’ and ‘Take a video’ voice commands
Google Now within the Google Search app received new functionality today, bringing some options for event reminders, new voice commands and quick access to the Olympics. You can now call or text by voice command, keep up with the Olympics, speak to your phone in a few new languages and assign a method of travel and time buffer for event notifications.
Google Experience renamed to Google Now Launcher, imports settings from your old home screen too
The Google Experience launcher, exclusive to the Nexus 5, has been renamed to the “Google Now” launcher, and now comes with the ability to import settings from your old home screen, suggesting that a launch for other handsets could be nearing.