Google Now

New contextual cards and smarter voice search in Nov. 13 update, according to Wired

Google has slowly but consistently been improving its search app for Android over the past year or so, bringing more cards to Google Now and new ways to interact by speaking to your device. It appears the next raft of Google Search updates may be about to drop next week, adding new contextual cards and smarter voice interaction, among other features that weren't quite ready in time for the Nexus 5 launch.

That's what Google reportedly told Wired's Mat Honan, as detailed in his review of the device.

"You might say “text Jennifer” and it will reply “which Jennifer,” and then ask you to dictate the message. It’s also going to get the ability to search inside applications, and launch them to complete tasks for you. So, you might search for a restaurant, and an option in the results shows up for OpenTable, which you’ll be able to fire up and make a reservation. It’s also going to use location cues to drop cards into Google Now, even more so than it does currently. At Yellowstone it will show you geyser times, for example."

The new features are due to land in an app update next Wednesday, Nov. 13, Honan says. Many of these things are natural progressions of features Google Search on Android already offers, but regardless it'll be interesting to see how well they function when the update arrives. In particular the ability to search within apps presents a bunch of interesting possibilities for future development.

Source: Wired