Android Search app updated with TV provider and on-demand customization

BY Charles West

Published 6 Feb 2014


Google just released update to its Android Search app that houses some pretty interesting features under the hood. Now users will be able to choose their own TV provider and on-demand options.Android Police did some extensive digging into what really lies beneath this latest update to the Android Search app. While Google says the update only brings “bug fixes and performance improvements,” the Android Police team was able to find this ridiculously long list of discoveries.

  • New Google Now Launcher name with splash screen on start up
  • 6 columns on tablet home screens (up from 5)
  • AirBNB reservations in Google Now
  • Fixes disappearing icon in the hotseat bug
  • Hotword detection now works in British and Canadian English
  • Icon imports from old home screen
  • App drawer no longer resets to first page when you close it (unclear if this is intended behavior)
  • New animations for expandable card bundles (seen here)
  • Voice volume is now dependent on media volume (instead of system volume)
  • Customize TV provider and on-demand options
  • When setting alarms, Google Now says “setting alarm for [time]” aloud, with a new blue box appearing along with the regular card, though this part seems to be a server-side change that also affected the previous versions of Search when it was flipped on. If you hit Accept, the alarm card will stick around briefly, allowing you to view other alarms – this part is new to Search 3.2 (via Luigi Aversano)
  • UI enhancements for getting to appointments early or on time (via Rob Aymett – 12)
  • Or if you’re late (via Midas Gordon-Farleigh)
  • Action overflow button has moved from left side of cards to right
  • Fixes icon alignment in app drawer on some devices
  • A Winter Olympics 2014 Google Now card with medals and the upcoming events (via Adam Stephenson)

More information may come out as the team continues to sift through the update. I believe Android Search and Google Now is by far the best search option on a mobile device. This update only further separates it from the competition.

Do these new features sound appealing to you as they do to me?

[Via Android Police]