Google’s main business remains its search engine, and the company has been relentlessly improving it over the years. Google has now improved its mobile search app for Android with the Material Design UI introduced with the announcement of Android 5.0 Lollipop. It seems that Android’s Material Design visual revamp will eventually be deployed into most of Google’s services, but now just select apps are getting it. google-now-improved

The redesign will bring bold colors, fluid animations and simplified layouts. While the visual redesign is important, the app has been improved with some other new features. One of the most important ones is the ability to just speak and have Google search within apps installed on your device. Nexus 6, Nexus 9 or Samsung Galaxy Note4 owners can now say “Ok Google” to ask a question even if your screen is off and your phone is unplugged.

Reminders are now smarter, as well, as a a new card will make sure to ask about things that you have forgotten to follow up. Google can now catch potential plans buried in your Gmail, which can happen quit a lot in these busy days. The Google search app now doubles as a virtual coin, as well, allowing users to say “Ok Google, flip a coin” to make decisions in a snap. Truth be told, Cortana got this feature earlier than Google’s app.

There have also been issued flight card updates with alternatives when there’s a delay and there are now train and bus reminders from your Gmail reservations. While these new updates concern Android users, they will most likely roll out to iOS owners, as well.

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