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Google Now widget, Movie options, and new search options added to Android 4.1 smartphones


News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday February 13, 2013.

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The Google Search Android app has been updated to include a new Google Now widget that shows small versions of important cards on the home screen, and adds new options for Google Now search cards.

A Google Now widget has been added to the home screen. The widget can take up an entire screen and showcase current weather, upcoming appointments, stocks, news, and more. It can be resized to show just the basic information about current weather and the forecast for the following day.

Android 4.1 or later devices can now download the updated Google Search application, which includes support for Movie passes from Fandango. Google Now already provided search options and movie times on films, but users can now set it to provide notifications when near a theatre or on "Movie Days" and get tickets from Fandango. Movies have also been updated to include ratings from film critic aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

Other features include Zillow real estate listings, the ability to add collegiate sports, and a button that can listen to identify music being played in the background. It's easy to access the music button by tapping the blue music note when launching a Voice search, but it works only in the U.S.

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