Google gives us a look at upcoming features in Google Search 4.0



The next app to get a fresh coat of Material Design is Google Search. In a blog post today Google has announced version 4.0 of Search and outlines a few new features. The update isn’t rolling out yet for everyone, but we can at least see what to expect when it does.

First and foremost is the new design with bold colors and fluid animations. It doesn’t look a ton different since Search already used a card-based UI, but it’s a nice little refresh.

Google has also officially announced that the Search app allows “OK Google” commands when the screen is off and charging on certain devices. So far the list includes the Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (which we already showed a few weeks ago).

Reminders have been completely restructured. Each one now gets its own card. The app will also ask if you’d like to be reminded of events it picks up from your Gmail.

We’ve saved the best for last. Search 4.0 can now be used to search for things within other apps. For example, you can say “OK Google, search Tumblr for ‘Things Organized Neatly” and it will open straight to the search results within Tumblr. This works with a few apps right now, including TripAdvisor, TuneIn, Trulia, and YouTube.

Google didn’t say when to expect 4.0 to roll out in the Play Store, but we’ll let you know as soon as it’s available. What do you think of this update? Will you use the new commands?


Joe Fedewa
Ever since I flipped open my first phone I've been obsessed with the devices. I've dabbled in other platforms, but Android is where I feel most at home.

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  1. Will the Moto X be getting this first?

  2. Searching TripAdvisor by voice while driving down the road will be a welcomed feature for me!

  3. The Voice Search should be available all the way back to Search 3.5 I believe. Implemented it in an app already:

    1. Agreed. I was messing around with this a few weeks ago on my Note 4.

      1. the note 4s camera is amazing

        1. That was a bit random.

        2. The Note4 camera is industry leading.

          1. Says the Samsung shill…

          2. Typical faceless cowards year after year who never spends a dime. What was the last phone you had worth any legitimacy?? Are you still on your mother’s family planning on Sprint? ?? Pretty sad you go around leaving comment on people who spend cash just because you can’t afford to.

            You live a pitiful sad dreadful life I can only laugh year after year with the comments you always write.
            You must like the Crack of my ass always being in you’re mouth year in and year out.

          3. 1. I answered all the questions you just asked me several days ago in a different comment. I’m not going to waste my time typing it all out again because you’re too lazy to read, comprehend, and apply.
            2. You must have a ball and ass fetish, because all you ever say is “X sucks monkey balls” and now this crap about how I supposedly like to lick your ass. Which by the way, sort of implies that you like to get your ass licked, sooo….
            3. Yet again, you are reduced to making pitiful, unfounded, juvenile insults, that you have no way of knowing, and not one iota of truth. Which is what you’ve been doing for the past several years. How original. How mature.

          4. Says someone who hasn’t tried the Z3’s camera.

      2. Works excellent on the Note4

    2. Yea I just tested screen off while plugged in ok Google works on my LG g3 with 3.6

  4. It’ll be nice to just start playing 3rd Rock Radio from within TuneIn by just asking

  5. I love Google Search so much. By far the best “smart assistant” or whatever they are classified as.

  6. I’ve been waiting for in app searches for Spotify forever.

  7. OK Google with always listening kills my Note4 battery, which is hard to do.

    1. and the Google Now location service is spitting on that dead battery!

  8. Is it safe to say that most of new Android Google apps look like they were designed by a girl designer and the previous ones by a male engineer?

    1. No. The new apps look like they were designed by someone who is color blind.

      1. I like the colors, just not the layouts or UX.

  9. Hopefully the reminders will be fixed as well. Several reminders I’ve set never reminded me.

  10. I miss Holo.

    1. Thumbs up

    2. I don’t. Thought KitKat was the slickest thing ever when it debuted but now it just looks stale.

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