Mobile Phones Steven Kippel on 16 Jul 2012
Introducing Google Now
Google has just started shipping the Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone loaded with the latest Android 4.1 operating system, code name Jelly Bean. This update is a marginal upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which has also just recently begun to ship on mobile devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X. Included in the upgrades are Project Butter, making the whole operating system run more smoothly, interactive notifications, an improved voice search which has been compared to Apple iPhone’s Siri, but most intriguing of all is Google Now.
Google Now is a notification layer on the operating system which customizes itself to your activities, locations, and interests. From notes and appointments to sports scores and traffic conditions.
Google Now uses what they call “cards” which appear with a swipe of the finger. There are ten cards included to start, and more cards will be added later. These ten cards include:
- Public Transit
- Next Appointment
- Time at Home
It appears that Google has focused first on items which will help you out throughout your day where you are before moving on to entertainment features. This is certainly for the person on the go. It tracks weather, buses, trains, airplanes and traffic. It provides currency exchange, language translation, and what time it is at home. It helps you find a place to eat, and even what to eat.
It also does sports.