Google’s voice commands on the desktop are nearly as awesome as they are on Android. While it can’t do everything its mobile counterpart can, the conversational search uses most of the same commands and can even set timers or reminders in Google Now. It’s just a little hard to reach sometimes.
Earlier this week, the makers of Android alternative CyanogenMod were asked by Google to remove CyanogenMod Installer from Google Play, otherwise the company would take it down itself. Despite Google admitting the program itself is “harmless”, it reportedly “encourages users to void their warranty”.
Chrome: You no longer have to tap the microphone or use a keyboard shortcut to launch Google’s voice search within Chrome. Instead, just as you can on a mobile device, just say “OK Google” to ask Google to look something up, convert things, or perform other tasks.
There are a lot of cool things you can do with Google Now, but with Google constantly adding more voice commands (and integrating Google Now even more with Android KitKat), it’s easy to forget all your options. This graphic shows many of the latest instructions available if you just say “OK Google…” or tap the microphone.
Google Hangouts are very handy for video chat, but much of the development has been aimed at individual users. One recent enhancement is much more firmly centred on corporate use: you can now look up names from the Global Address List to start a hangout.
Installing apps for Google Apps For Business via the marketplace has never been especially difficult, but now you have a second option. Google is adding apps to the Admin console as well.