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Exploring the enhanced search and improved voice search

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As you might imagine, search on any Google device is a really big deal, and Jelly Bean has stepped up to the plate and seriously taken Google Search to the next level by making it more accessible with richer results and more direct user interactions. Google Search is very available in Jelly Bean, right from the get-go. Here on the lock screen, I can unlock the phone and go directly to search by swiping up. Google Search, as we've seen, is also available as a widget.

Exploring the enhanced search and improved voice search

As you might imagine, search on any Google device is a really big deal, and Jelly Bean has stepped up to the plate and seriously taken Google Search to the next level by making it more accessible with richer results and more direct user interactions. Google Search is very available in Jelly Bean, right from the get-go. Here on the lock screen, I can unlock the phone and go directly to search by swiping up. Google Search, as we've seen, is also available as a widget.

You can see this when I just tap Home and it is placed up top by default on Google co-branded devices, like the Galaxy Nexus. Standard search is as robust as the desktop version with a compatible set of results. Let me tap into the Search field and then I'll enter a search term, I'll type Jelly Bean, and hit Search. By default the Web results are initially displayed, but I can easily switch to images by tapping that at the bottom of the screen.

Google Search on a Jelly Bean device integrates whatever device functionality is available, like geolocation. I'm currently recording this lesson at the lynda.com headquarters in Carpinteria, California. Watch what happens when I enter a search for best bbq nearby. I'll clear the text field. I'll enter best bbq nearby. When I click the Search icon, I'm given a Google Map representation of places for best BBQ near Carpinteria, California and the ZIP code.

And we have a good listing going from A to G. Let's turn to the most amazing enhancement to Google Search, Voice Search. As seen in the previous lesson, Google has seriously ramped up the voice commands. Nowhere is that more evident than in Voice Search. Let's run through a few examples. I'm in a go back to Home just to clear the screen. Now I can start for search by clicking the microphone as I did in the previous lesson, or activate the Search field and then just say Google, best vegan restaurant nearby.

And there are my results ready to be contacted or located on the map. Let's try some more specific types of searches, like a webpage. With Voice Search activated, I can use the open keyword, open lynda.com. The Web results are initially displayed. What about images? You can go directly to Google's image search by saying, show pictures of, and then the subject, like this: show pictures of golden retrievers. Very nice! How about definitions? Define sagacious? [Video] Voice Search can also handle weather.

What's the weather tomorrow in New York City? [Video] What about conversions? How many kilometers are in a mile? [Video] Of course, because engineers are engineers, there are some inevitable, shall we say, sagacious answers. Who founded Apple? [Video] For me, Google Search and especially Voice Search, has taken on an evolutionary leap in Jelly Bean.

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