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Google Search update lets you activate Now from any screen

Google Search update lets you activate Now from any screen

Google Search has been updated, adding the ability to activate Google Now from any screen or app on your device. This includes the lockscreen, which will now listen for your "Ok Google" command. Always-on listening has been available to Moto X users because of the phone's always-listening chip...
Google Now can switch languages on the fly

Google Now can switch between languages on the fly

Google Now can now recognize changes in language on the fly, keeping up with you as you transition from one language to another. The intelligent assistant will continue to understand you as you switch from, for instance, English to Spanish, in the span of one sentence. Google Now can actually...
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Google Now gives you one-tap access to music apps after searching for artists

Google has rolled out an update to the Google Now service that lets you launch your currently-installed music apps with just one tap after making a search for a musical artist. Simply make a search through Google Now for an artist of your choice, and underneath information about them you'll see a...
Google Now can pencil in appointments automatically

Google Now can pencil in appointments automatically

Google Now can now infer events that are not yet in your calendar but that you may have been talking about in your Gmail conversation. By scanning your email, Google can now suggest a calendar card in Google Now and ask if you want to add events that it has inferred into your books. This would...
Google Now will tell you when to get off the bus

Google Now will tell you when to get off the bus

Google Now can now alert you when it's time to get off your bus or train. When you open Google Now while on public transportation, you may find that it offers you an alarm for locations that you may have saved, such as home and work, and all you need to do is tap to activate it. Using Google's...
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Regional weather forecast lands on Google Now cards

Google has made a back-end change to the way it is delivering weather cards. Rather than displaying stacked cards for nearby cities, a single cards with multiple lines will now display the weather information of nearby cities in a region. The update, which is handled on the server side, doesn't...
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Google Search now showing your car rentals, all you have to do is ask

Here's a nifty little trick that Google Search on your Android phone or tablet can now do; help you remember your car rental arrangements. All you have to do is to open up Search and ask "When is my rental car reservation?" Pretty neat. The results show you a complete breakdown of your rental...
Google Now Reminders can finally be set using nothing more than voice commands

Google Now Reminders can finally be set using nothing more than voice commands

Creating a voice reminder inside Android's Google Now search has just gotten easier with less screen taps required. Google has quietly flipped the switch on its servers so that no updates are required that would allow users to create a reminder from start to finish by only using their voice and...
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'Ok Google, set a timer' now actually sets a timer

For as smart as Google Now is, it's often kind of... stupid. A great example of this was using it to set timers on your phone. Up until today, when you said "Ok Google, set a timer for 15 minutes" it would simply set an alarm for 15 minutes in the future. That wasn't all that useful, and it...
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Google Now will remind you to pay your bills

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,...
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Google Now will notify you when local shops have the products you searched for

Google Now is improving day-by-day with new back-end changes to bring new features, and the latest is local shopping results based on your search history. Building on a feature previously available through search that showed local stores in results for product searches, Google Now will now offer...
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Google Now will cache your cards for when you're without a connection

Google Now users that happen to find themselves in deep cavernous places without a cellular signal to be had will now be able to view their cards even without a connection. The latest update to Google Search enables the caching of cards for when your phone is offline and you still want to check...
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Google Now can now take place of another piece of your memory - where you parked your car

Google Now just keeps getting smarter, and its latest trick is remembering where you parked your car. With the latest update to the Google Search app — that's what powers Google Now — the intelligent assistant will keep track of your movements and figure out when you've driven and then parked...
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Here's another reason you should use Google Now

If your phone doesn't support Wireless Emergency Alerts, Google Now can still warn you We all tend to loathe those emergency alerts that pop up on our phones from time to time — AMBER Alerts, weather alerts ... you know the drill. That is, we loathe them until we miss them. See, not every...

Yes, Google Now will read dirty Wikipedia entries aloud [NSFW]

Because even middle-schoolers have smartphones these days. Source: This guy via Reddit (of course) via Gizmodo (also of course)
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A word of caution on using the Google Now Launcher on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Largely all is well, until you enter ultra power saving mode Here's a quick word of caution to anyone sideloading the Google Now Launcher onto their new Samsung Galaxy S5. Largely Google's own KitKat launcher works faultlessly on Samsung's latest Android handset. It's smooth, it's snappy, and it...
Cortana v Siri

Cortana vs. Siri vs. Google Now: The voice assistant showdown!

There's a new voice assistant in town, and it's called Cortana. With the release of the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview today, Cortana is in public hands for the first time. It's new to the Windows Phone kids, but Cortana arrives to competition from not only Siri but also Google Now. So what'...
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Google Now rolling out to Chrome desktop users

Roll out begins today, should be available for all in the next few weeks We've seen Google Now for Chrome on the desktop for folks using beta builds, but starting today it's pushing out to all users. You won't need to fiddle with any settings or flags or do any sort of wizardry, but you will...
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Tell Google Now 'play some music' to launch an 'I'm feeling lucky' radio station

All Access subscribers will get the best experience, but it's a neat trick even for your own collection Google is constantly working on the back-end service side of Google Now, as evidenced by the new key phrases you can say to the app to do things, even without an app update. We saw "take a...
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Google Search adds traffic incidents, more languages for voice and Cricket

OK Google hotword now enabled for French and German A quick heads up that a new Google Search update is pushing out through the Play Store that brings a few welcome new features for folks on Android 4.1 and above. One of the bigger ones is that the "OK Google" hotword for voice search is now...

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