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Rumor: Google Now May Be On Track To Properly Handle 'Timer' Queries (No More Alarms)

It's hard not to be excited about the future of Google Now. It's already an incredibly powerful tool, on its way to being a do-anything personal assistant, and we've heard tell of even more functionality from bill pay reminders to inferred events entries to contact-based reminders.

Today, though, we've heard about something that many have asked for from Google Now for a long time now - actual timer functionality. Search may not be getting its own built-in timer, but it won't be side-stepping your request to set an alarm, either.

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Rumor: Google Now Will Help You Remember, Pay Your Bills [APK Teardown]

Ready for another Google Now rumor? We've already seen evidence of contact-based reminders reliant on your proximity with another person, and "inferred events," whereby Now would pluck mentions of meetings or other appointments from your conversations to automatically create calendar entries. This time, we have something just as useful - a new bill pay card and interface, evidently headed for Google Now.

Disclaimer: No matter the confidence level, there's always a chance product updates, features, and some or all details will be changed or cancelled altogether.
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Chrome Beta For Android Comes With Mysterious New Contextual Search Feature

Update: The feature, dubbed touch to search, is live as of Chrome 38.

Google sometimes gives us a hint of what it's working on if you're willing to dig for it. Buried in the new Chrome Beta for Android update is something called contextual search. It's not completely functional right now, but you can take a peek at some aspects of it.

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To enable contextual search in Chrome Beta, go to chrome://flags/#contextual-search in the address bar.

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CyanogenMod Developers Add Business, People, And Reverse Lookup Searches To The Dialer In Recent Nightlies

Much of Android is open to tinkerers, but Google has gradually closed off more and more of the default functionality. The most awesome aspects of the KitKat dialer - its ability to search for businesses and contacts from within the app - were not included in the open source version. So what's a ROM developer to do? Why, create their own alternative. The OmniROM folks have previously shown off their work, and now the CyanogenMod team has packed similar functionality, albeit seemingly more powerful, into the latest nightlies.

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Google Now Is Rolling Out To Chrome Stable Channel On The Desktop

Android users have been enjoying Google Now for nearly two years, but Google's algorithmically generated info cards are finally reaching the desktop. After showing up in the developer and beta channels, Google Now is rolling out to Chrome stable beginning today.

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Rumor: With 'Inferred Events' Google Now Will Find Possible Events In Google Apps, Ask To Create Calendar Entries [APK Teardown]

A few days ago, we posted a rumor we felt pretty confident in that would see "who" added to Google's "when" and "where" options for reminders. We now have another rumor, from a source familiar with the matter, which is also related to Google Now's ever-expanding functionality.

Disclaimer: No matter the confidence level, there's always a chance product updates, features, and some or all details will be changed or cancelled altogether.
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Google Adds 'Take A Picture' And 'Take A Video' Voice Actions To Search, Because Apparently That's Somehow Faster

Have you ever been in a situation that warranted the need for instant access to your phone's camera? Then you fumbled around, unlocking things and swiping all over, only to miss the moment. Shame, really. If only there were a way to grab your phone and say "take a picture!" and make it happen.

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Google apparently knows your pain, so you know what it did? Added "take a picture" to the voice actions in Search.

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Rumor: 'Remind Me When I'm With This Person' May Be Coming To Google Now

Google Now is a powerful tool. A step toward Google's vision of a Star Trek computer in the palm of your hand, Now is built to serve up information that you need, exactly when you need it, without you asking for it.

To that end, the service has seen many improvements since its debut. It will tell you when your favorite teams are playing, when you need to leave to make it to the airport on time, whether your plane is delayed, and plenty of info about your destination and surrounding attractions, among numerous other things.

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Google Search 3.3 Update Improves Cricket Support, Enhances Image Search, Alters Hotword Detection Settings, And More [APK Download]

The Search app is the next target on Google's update hit list today. New features are inbound, but we've had quite the time locating them. Let's dive in.

What's New?

Google added Cricket-related functionality to Google Now just shy of a week ago, and it looks like this update is expanding on it slightly. Cricket teams also have a logo next to their names, whereas they didn't before.

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Before and after.

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Google Now Adds Support For Cricket Sports Cards, Americans Still Baffled By Cricket

Like all of the current writers and editors for Android Police, I'm American. Which means that my understanding of cricket is something along the lines of, "like baseball, but more British." That gives me the vague impression that during the seventh inning stretch everyone stops to sing God Save The Queen and heads to the concession stand for tea. If you know more about the noble sport of cricket than I do, you'll be pleased to hear that Google just added support for scores and schedules to Google Now. 

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All joking aside, we know this is a big deal for sports fans in India, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, and several other countries.

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