Just yesterday, we talked about a Google Search backend update that brought the ability to set a timer when asked. Before this feature was added, timer requests were instead handled with an alarm. This may not sound like a very big change, but for frequently timer users, it’s significantly more convenient. It seems, however, that timer functionality isn’t all that Google has added to its Google Search backend.
Recently, Google Search gained another new power, and that’s the ability to set reminders entirely through voice commands. Previously, you could initiate reminders using Google Voice Search, but after your initial voice command, you would have to edit and set the reminder manually by tapping the screen. Now when asked to set a reminder, Google Voice Search will prompt you for when you’d like to set the reminder and ask you whether you would like to go ahead and enable it. All of this can be done without a single tap, though users can still modify the reminder in several screens or view existing reminders if they so desire.
This functionality is available through a transparent backend update, so there are no application updates necessary in order to make use of the functionality. Just say “remind me to…” and follow the prompts. It’s great to see server-side updates deliver additional functionality without the need for an application update. Now, all we need is the ability to toggle Android settings via Voice Search.
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