Former Writer · Dec 6, 2012 at 07:00 am

Google Now Updated in Google Play Store, Loads of New Features

The last time we brought you news of a Google Now update, it added more sports teams and public safety announcements. Since then, Google Now has continued to improve and impress pretty much everyone. Now, an update was published that adds many new features. Here is a list of What’s New from the Google Play Store:

For Android 4.1+ (Jelly Bean), Google Search keeps getting faster, plus:
New cards:
– Events nearby
– Suggestions to help with your research
– Boarding passes from Gmail (United only, more to come)
– Search by camera when at museums or shops
– Weather at upcoming travel destinations
– Approximate monthly summary of walking and biking activity
– Birthdays
New voice actions:
– Post to Google+
– Say “What’s this song?” to find the song you hear
– Say “Scan a barcode” to find product info

According to the latest reviews, users have been using and thoroughly enjoying the new features. The new voice actions are particularly wonderful, especially the “What’s this song?” feature and the post to Google+ commands. I was able to test both, and Google Now got the status update correct minus one word, as well as 10 out 10 songs correct. To be fair, all 10 songs are relatively well known, so it may have trouble with very obscuremusic.”

In addition, there may be a couple of features not previously discussed. As you can see in the screen shot, Google Now suggested an article to me based on an article I read earlier in the day. It says it will make suggestions to help with your research, but a second use for that is getting breaking news in subjects that interest you.

For those with Google Now already on their devices, simply head over to the Google Now Play Store page and update the app. If you’re on ICS or earlier, and you’re using a modified version, you’ll have to wait for developers to update it manually.


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