Google adds intelligent voice search to Google TV

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Google added intelligent voice search to Google TV Wednesday. Not only can you jump to a channel by saying its name, but the software can also intelligently respond to statements.

For example, if you say, "how to tie a bow tie," you will be taken to an instructional video on YouTube explaining how to do that.

"Just speak to watch TV shows and movies, start playing a YouTube video, open applications, go to websites, do a Google search and much more," the company said in a blog.

You can also do voice searches with the product. So if you say, "Search movies with John Wayne," a search page with movies with The Duke in the cast will appear on your TV.

The new voice feature makes finding what you want on Google TV faster and easier than ever, the company said.

TV & Movies app updated

This latest edition of Google TV also updates its TV & Movies app introduced last year that allowed users of the product to browse and watch more than 100,000 movies and TV episodes. The new version is called PrimeTime, and it allows you to browse and watch TV simultaneously.

Google recently addedGoogle TV support to its Google Play store, so that Google TV users could buy or engage with movies, TV shows, and music from the online outlet.

PrimeTime is available from anywhere inside Google TV, and it allows you to coast through the best stuff on live TV, check out your favorite channels, see what you've watched recently, and get suggestions about what to watch based on what you've watched in the past.

Google also updated its YouTube app for Android and Google TV. The update allows a device to automatically pair itself with a TV so anything being watched on the device can be mirrored on the TV with the activation of a single button, along the lines of Apple AirPlay.

Google said that the updates for its TV product will first appear on LG products that support Google TV, followed by updates to second-generation hardware in the coming months.

First-generation devices won't get the new Google TV update, but they can have the PrimeTime and YouTube apps from the Google Play store downloaded to them.

This story, "Google adds intelligent voice search to Google TV" was originally published by PCWorld.

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