Jan 30, 2015
Google Now, Google’s mobile-minded personal assistant and voice search utility, is getting better — and that is an understatement.
According to the Google Search Blog, Google Now now supports cards based on information from over 30 third-party apps. Directly from the blog post:
Now cards in the Google app give you relevant information at the right time, without you having to ask for itâ€”whether itâ€™s the score from the Rockets game, your flight status, or the latest story on Greeceâ€™s new government. But a lot of useful information lives inside apps on your phone, from your favorite music to last-minute hotel deals to home-buying tips. Today, you have two ways to get information from these appsâ€”either remember to constantly open them up and look, or get a notification, which you may forget to act on if it shows up at the wrong time.
Starting today, the Google app on Android can help you keep up with all the good stuff in 40 different apps at a glanceâ€”itâ€™ll bring you Now cards to help you out with your day-to-day life, giving you information thatâ€™s helpful to you, right when you need it.
In the morning, catch up on news of the day with cards from The Guardian. On your commute, Pandora can give you recommendations for music to play, based on what you like, or you can be reminded to complete your daily French lesson on Duolingo. During your downtime, you can take care of the groceries, with a card from Instacart reminding you to stock up on the things you often order. If youâ€™re planning a trip and looked up places to stay on your Airbnb app but couldn’t make up your mind, youâ€™ll see Now cards from Airbnb for the location and dates youâ€™ve researched. And when you land at an airport, youâ€™ll see a card to order a Lyft.
The apps included run the gamut: MyFord Mobile, Walgreens, Mint.com and more.
The Google (Now/Search app) is free on the Play Store. The list of integrated apps is here.
[Source: BGR via Inside Search Blog]