Google Search beta Community Report

The Google app gets plenty of updates in the beta release channel, sometimes even daily, and with the past dozen updates there were numerous features and changes leaked. But there are none of those here. Instead, here are tiny improvements and yet somewhat helpful ones. Below is the changelog posted on the Play Store, and after that, we will go one-by-one and explain each bullet point.

Changelog

  • Use voice commands while navigating – even when your device has no connection. Try saying "cancel my navigation" "what's my ETA?" or "what's my next turn?"
  • Weak connection? If your search fails, the Google app will deliver you results once you regain connection.
  • Troubleshoot connectivity issues with more helpful error cards when your search fails because your device is offline.
  • New customization options available for cards in Discover.

Voice commands while navigating

If you are a Google Maps user, then this is for you. Voice commands for navigation will work, despite the times when there is a connection loss while driving, or walking. You can ask questions like "When is my next turn?", "What is my ETA?". Sending text messages, setting timers and alarms, and calling people are possible too.

Search results

Imagine that you are offline and you want to search for something. You can do it now. After a working Internet connection gets established, you will instantly be served with a notification, selecting which will show you the results for your previous search.

More helpful error cards

If Wi-Fi and mobile data are disabled while you are performing a search through the app, the improved error cards will remind you to connect to a network, or if there is a different issue, they will give you leaps better tips for troubleshooting. By the way, the colored icons in those cards look pretty.

Customization options in Discover

Recently, Feed was re-branded as Discover, and as a follow-up, we got some very good personalization options for it. By touching the 'Customize Discover' button from the three-dot menu in Discover, you get to follow topics of interest, which will be displayed on your news feed, and manually configure settings for notifications about some of them, e.g. stock updates.

That is it for this time. Be sure to stay tuned for more insights alike.

  • Get news, weather and sports updates, and even search hands-free using your voice
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