Research Pane Comes to Docs, Slides & Drawings; Google Now Cards Use Gmail Data in Google Search for Android

The research pane that was added to Google Docs -- is also now available in Slides and Drawings. In addition "searches now include your stuff in addition to web results," Google announced.The research pane in Docs make it easier for you to search for and add web results, images, quotations, maps, and articles to your […]

The research pane that was added to Google Docs -- is also now available in Slides and Drawings. In addition "searches now include your stuff in addition to web results," Google announced.

The research pane in Docs make it easier for you to search for and add web results, images, quotations, maps, and articles to your document.

With the research pane in Docs, Slides and Drawings, "you can now quickly find and use your stuff: include part of a presentation stored in Drive, insert an image from your Picasa albums, or grab a quote from a friend's Google+ post," Google added.

Google Apps customers will only see web results in their research panes.

Google adds research pane to Slides, Drawings and Google Docs

Google Search for Android updated on October 29, now includes a lot of new Google Now cards.

""Google Now" gets you just the right information at just the right time. It tells you today's weather before you start your day, how much traffic to expect before you leave for work, and more and is currently available on Android 4.1 through Android 4.2, Jelly Bean."

These cards use search history data such developing news stories, stocks, concerts, movies, and location data include nearby attractions and popular photo spots, now has another source of information: "your Gmail messages."

Google Now checks your email and tries to find confirmation messages for restaurant reservations, hotel bookings, flights, events you purchased a ticket for, online orders and show notifications and useful information without having to manually add events to Google Calendar. The cards are generated automatically and no Google employee reads your email.

Gmail's desktop interface shows useful links related to your messages: Google Maps for addresses, package tracking links, "add to calendar" for events. Google Now takes this to a new level: sidebar links become smart cards that trigger notifications.

If you don't like the new cards, you can disable them from the settings (the "Google Now" section).

In addition, Google Search for Android also brings new voice actions: you can create new events, check your schedule and launch apps.

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For Android 4.1-through Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), Google Search features include:

  • Flights
  • Restaurant reservations
  • Hotel confirmations
  • Events
  • Packages
  • New Now cards: nearby attractions & photo spots, movies opening in theaters, concerts & more
  • New voice actions: launch apps, schedule meetings & check when your next appointment is
  • Google Now puts you in control: at any time, adjust or turn off individual Now cards within Settings.

You can download Google Search for Android from Google Play.