Android: Google has dropped a snazzy update to its search app today. It brings a redesigned Google Now (similar to the one on the Nexus 5) as well as some new features, including a conversational mode for text messages and emails.
Prior to this, if you wanted to use a voice command to send a text message, you’d have to make a complicated command, like “send message to Whitson saying did you get that thing I sent you” before it cuts you off. Now, simply say “send a text message” and Google will speak back “who would you like to text?”. This same method works with emails too. As if that weren’t enough, Google Now also has additional cards reminding you about updates to sites you frequent. For example, it told me about new web comics I haven’t read yet. Finally, Reminders can now be set to recur periodically, so “remind me I have a meeting every Wednesday” is a valid command.
As an added (yet unofficial) bonus, the update also includes certain necessary components to get the new Google Experience Launcher that shipped with the Nexus 5. As Android Police points out, you’ll need to install a separate APK to make the new launcher work, it requires Android 4.1 and up, and there is no guarantee that there won’t be very problematic bugs. However, if you’re feeling tinker-y, grab the necessary launcher APK from Android Police at the via link below.