Google Now

Google has updated its Google Now service to remind users when their bills are due and the amount of the bill based on emails in your Gmail inbox. The bill payment reminder will appear as a card that sits alongside Google's existing cards for boarding passes, sports and news updates, weather, package tracking and more.

Like Google's other cards, Google is able to generate its bill payment reminder card by scanning any emails in your Gmail inbox. As such, Google doesn't need you to add account information directly into its Google Search app. Google will scan your email and automatically generate a card inside Google Now with the biller's name, amount owed, and payment due date. If you need more information, you can also tap the "view email" button to be taken to the original email to find out more about the bill.

It isn't clear how many payment processors and bill collectors are supported at this point, but just like other card classes we can be sure it'll expand over time.

Via: Android Police

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briankurtz79 says:

I love these ideas. But this just won't work. My main personal email isn't what's used for bill pay. I have a family. People don't usually put family bills into a personal email do they? So then my wife would have to have my email and account on her phone to get the Google now card?? Makes no sense. Google needs to look at multiple Google now accounts to be used simultaneously. Similar to how you have multiple gmail accounts on your phone but you only have to sync certain things and not everything from everything from every account

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That's what I was thinking. I don't have any of my bills show up in my gmail account. I would however like to enter that info somehow so that it can remind me.

That said, I already "manually" tell Google to remind me when my bills are due.
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Ikeman90 says:

It just been introduced. Maybe in a near update. Things get better with time! :) a quick solution tho is just have a manual entry for some
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briankurtz79 says:

This is not the only scenario. The need for multiple accounts have been a problem since the beginning. Same reason I rarely see info of my shipped package. Because I dont use 1 email for every single thing I do. I doubt that many people do. Im sure im not alone here

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yLev says:

Yes on multiple accounts. And can I add, Google - I think it's time you added gmail cards to apps accounts!

Ikeman90 says:

i hear you. are you speaking of other gmail accounts or a different email provider?

ScottJ says:

I have two accounts...One personal, one work. That's all I need. That's all anybody really needs if you think about it.

MarkSeven says:

Right. I still use my AOL & Yahoo email addresses for certain accounts so that my Gmail doesn't get spammed by my billers "partners"..

ScottJ says:

Gmail's spam filter is really good. Very little spam ever makes it to my inbox. Whenever I log into an old Yahoo mail account I have the spam is overwhelming.

briankurtz79 says:

I have a main personal email, an email for clutter mail, a work email and a family email with a shared calendar. I need bills from family, flight info and package tracking thru work and everything else thru personal. Without multiple accounts the only cards I get are game scores and time to home. Pretty stupid

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suavemezie says:

How do you manually enter your bills?

Using the calendar that came with the phone or Google calendar... I won't use Google now for this since my bills are paid way before the due date.

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Ikeman90 says:

no no Idk anything about this yet. i was just saying that would be the best solution for things not in your gmail

thejesse says:

This was my first thought too. My main complaint with Google Now since there beginning is that it only uses one email account for information.

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Would it be possible for you to set it up so that your Gmail pulls emails from the joint account? I did something like that with my ex. Our personal Gmail pulled the emails from the joint account - I went and cleaned out the joint account once a month, but I bet you could automate that.

ki11ak3nn says:

This is awesome. I forgot to pay my T-Mobile Bill that was due 2 days ago. This would have helped me out.

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Thee QuanLee says:

I love some Google Now!!!

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kaiser10123 says:

With all these add on I which I could manual add things it does fine like if I ship something but doesn't get from my email I could manually add

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Zig261 says:

Scanning my email? Creeps.

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DJBigBenVA says:

I'm hoping that was sarcasm.

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someguy01234 says:

Google and NSA have been doing it for years if you haven't realized.

Also it's required for Google Now features to work.

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RETG says:

Really? NSA is recording my emails, along with billions of more emails. They are not actively scanning them, there is not enough computer power in the world to scan all the emails produced daily. If I am linked to a terrorist group or run afoul of the Feds in another matter, they will then scan those emails that are saved.
But, it appears that Google Now is scanning all emails on a phone if Google now is turned on. That is why I have google now off and it will always be off.
I care more about Google now than I do NSA; especially since I work for Uncle Sam.
Have a nice day....

If you use Gmail, your mail is already scanned for ad purposes and spam filtering.

So Google Now scanning your mail is no different than what's already happening, it's just different triggers and actions. For ads, it's searching for specific keywords and displaying ads based on those keywords. With Google Now, it looks for specific email types, bills in this case, and probably parses out the company and amount and displays it for you.

SEAJeff says:

Google Now does not scan anything on your phone, Google's servers monitor what you do on Google services while signed into your Google Account and they tell Google Now to display information based on what is observed by your actions and on what emails reside in your Gmail. You can see this in action when using Chrome on a desktop where its Google Now stays in sync (with notifications that are relevant for desktop interfaces) with what Google Now on your mobile devices displays.

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ACADM says:

It's a bit creepy if you work for government and genuinely believe that party line.

Like the NSA Google has also been scanning your emails for years, and so have all the other free US based email service providers.

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danny berlin says:

how do you do that?
sync mail.

Ikeman90 says:

I always had my bills in my calendar.

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I do it the old fashion way , I remember in my head.

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Crazy talk!

quailallstar says:


LG Optimus G Pro - Beanstalk 4.4 bitches!

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ScottJ says:

And...what of the people that can't manage that? Should they not use technology to make their life less chaotic and suffer from their lack of the synaptic fortitude you so amply possess?

luqman24 says:

Thanks Google, as if Rogers doesn't spam me with emails already...

y2whisper says:

Anyone have this working yet? Anyone outside of the US?

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almath says:

Still on the fence with Google now, had it on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and just don't see the benefit of it yet.

Google Now isn't as useful when your life is going as planned and nothing out of the ordinary happens. It's most useful for those things that can screw up your day: when you have an appointment and it sees a big traffic jam and alerts you to leave 20 minutes early because of traffic. Or it's useful when your connecting flight has changed gates and it alerts you as the plane enters the terminal so you know about the new gate before the flight attendants even do.

In this case, it's useful to alert you that you have a bill due today and you would've ended up with a $35 late fee otherwise.

ACADM says:

It takes a while for Now to start figuring things out; the more places you go, the more you search (with Google) the more you browse (with Chrome), the more information Now will give you.

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carraser891 says:

Google now just keeps getting better. I can't see going through the day without it now

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Knightedpawn says:

I use pre auth on virtually everything except credit cards. But I don't have those sent to my Gmail.

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knahrvorn says:

Is it still normal in the US to once a month manually pay all your bills? And are they sent to an email address?

In my country next to noone does this. The only exception might be some elderly people, but then we're talking bills printed on paper.

All my monthly bills go through a free public service that automatically withdraws bills from my bank account (after I had the option to stop any payments that I don't agree with, of course). A free service that's been running for many many years.

My point is: I guess noone would have the use for this Google Card here. I can't think of anyone having their monthly bills sent on email, and most people are not paying bills manually, anyway.

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ACADM says:

Or at least use Direct Debit.

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My payments vary greatly from month to month other than my mortgage... I use direct debit for everything though... For instance, this month one credit card promotional interest rate was expiring along with a 0% best buy promo... They got paid off while I made a minimum payment on another bill I normally pay 600.00 on... Auto pay would have been a pain.

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inuchan says:

Oh no! All my porn bills exposed!

vicw926a4 says:

While they're at it, maybe Google could cut out the middleman and pay the bills, too.
That would be a service everyone would love.
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gcnts says:

How do I get Google now to remind me when to pee so I don't wet my pants all the time?

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ScottJ says:

It Depends.

eagerbilt says:

Just keeps getting better.

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Skiffle says:

Creepy just got creepier...

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Haha. Skiffle is funny. "Creepy just got creepier" made me laugh out loud.

While Google has a history of scanning emails for use with advertisements, other email providers does not have this reputation. In the case of scanning emails for bill paying one would think email providers would need to approve such an activity on a security level. Personally, I hope it is not approved until security features will guarantee it is safe. In a day and age when breech of security is commonplace and identity theft is a real threat, being more relaxed with whom has access to information will only exacerbate the problem.