'You can't find your phone? Where's the last place you had it?'
More often than not, that's the answer I get when I can't find something and ask a human being where it might be. Helpful, right? Yeah, not so much.
Motorola this week added in a voice-activated (ahem, "Touchless Control") feature that helps you find your phone if you've left it laying around somewhere. Speak the words "OK, Google Now." (And then wait a few seconds, because there's still a wee bit of latency there.) Then follow up with "Find my phone." Providing that your phone can hear you, you'll be rewarded with an active sonar-sounding ping
That's all fine and dandy if your phone's out in the open somewhere — it's just that you don't know where it is.
But what if your phone's fallen into the couch cushions? Or slipped between the sheets? Only one way to find out.
So this is by no means a scientific test, and your results absolutely will vary, depending on just how buried your phone is, how noisy the room is — and how close you manage to get to it in the first place. But tucked under some hotel blankets is a decent initial test.
Thanks, Google Now.