Thursday, December 6, 2012

Google Now Updates for 12/5/2012 with Updated Card List

Google Search aka Google Now has just been updated for Android 4.1+

I am loving this service and it just keeps getting better! Check out some of the features that have just been added:


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


This builds on to an already huge list of 'cards' provided by Google Now when you need them:


Activity summary

Shows a rough approximation of how far you walked or cycled during the past month.

Birthdays

Displays an interesting fact about your birthdate on your birthday.

Events

Shown before your favorite artists give concerts near you, or before other popular events are scheduled near you.


Flights

Shown before flights that you've searched for.

Gmail: Event bookings

Shown before an event booking confirmed by Gmail.

Gmail: Flights

Shown before flights confirmed by Gmail.

Gmail: Hotels

Shown when you receive a confirmation email and before your scheduled checkout.

Gmail: Packages

Displayed when you receive a shipping notification for an online purchase.

Gmail: Restaurants

Shown before a restaurant reservation confirmed by Gmail.

Movies

Shows movies playing in your vicinity, and tells you when a movie you're interested in is playing nearby.


News update

Shows updates related to news items you've read recently.

Next appointment

Shown before scheduled meetings.

Photo spot nearby

Shown when you're near a popular spot for taking photos.

Places

Shows nearby businesses and other places of potential interest. If you're at a museum or shop, you can use your camera to look up artwork or get product information.


Public alerts

Gives public advisories for your location from the National Weather Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and similar services.

Public transit

Shown with relevant schedules when you're near a bus station, train station, or other public transit stop.

Research topics

Shown when you've recently used Google Search to research a topic, such as a trip you're planning.

Sports

Shown for teams that interest you before, during, or after a game.

Stocks

Shown periodically for stocks you're tracking. For more details, see About stocks card.

Traffic

Shown before your usual commute times

Travel: Currency

Shows the latest currency conversion information for your location.

Travel: Nearby attractions

Shown when you're near well-known attractions, such as restaurants, museums, and cafes.

Travel: Time back home

Shown periodically when you're in a different time zone than usual.

Travel: Translate

Shown when you'retraveling in a foreign country, to help you translate words and phrases.

Weather

Periodically displays weather for home, work, or your current location.