Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has introduced some formidable features to its Google Now, making the product more competitive to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s Siri. In a recent post, re/code has presented some features of the Google Now, in order to provide some hints for users of Google’s Android OS.
Google Now is available on many devices, with slight variations in the user experience. It functions from within, lining up information even before the command is given. There is no dedicated key for Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Google Now, unlike with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s Siri. The application also works from the Google Search app.
However, it does offer some benefits the user should be aware of:
- You can download and install Google Now (if it is not preinstalled) to any device running Android 4.1 or later. The app will show alerts and reminders even when the app is not open. It can be launched via voice control by saying “Ok, Google.” On certain devices such as Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Nexus 5, you can also swipe left from the home screen for your data.
- It can help with your commute by automatically using your daily routine to locate your home and office, and providing you a “card” with estimates of your commute time depending on day and location.
- Google Now also helps with air travel by pulling information from both your Gmail and Airbnb to give you a reservation card with all necessary information that will help you locate your hotel faster.
- It provides real-time information on your favorite teams.
- Set reminders for picking up groceries with location, so that when you are in the vicinity mentioned originally, a reminder will be shown. Timers can also be set.
- Never forget where you parked your car, with Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Google Now, which will automatically figure out the approximate location you parked at.
- Vacation photos can be pulled up via voice control. Say “Ok, Google, show me my photos from (location) and it will show up your photos. Non-usage of “my” will pull up web photos of the mentioned location.
- It also allows for questions to be built on your past searches. Once the first question has been asked fully, the next questions can follow from it, without using all the same terms, making the questions shorter.
- The app can be used on iOS although it will not have all the features available on the Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Android platform.
- Translator function will read out words from Latin-based languages, while other languages will result in text-based translations.