Forget where you've parked? Google Now to the rescue!

Forget where you've parked? Google Now to the rescue!
Remember that episode of Seinfeld when the gang couldn't find their car parked in a mall parking lot? That wouldn't have happened if Google Now had been around back then. Google has updated its search app to version 3.4 and there is now a Google Now card that will help you remember the address where you parked, along with a map to help you find your way back to your vehicle. Look at it as a way for the app to navigate you back to your parked car. The card automatically picks up the address where you parked, and if for some reason it provides you with an incorrect address, it offers other possible locations.

Other new features for the update include an easier way to navigate through past reminders. A centralized list of nicknames can now be found under Accounts and privacy, and the 'Help' and 'Send Feedback' setting is now listed as one item under 'Help & Send Feedback."

The update should be available now at the Google Play Store. Make sure you download it now, before your next shopping trip to the mall.

source: GoogleSearch via 9to5Google via Engadget



1. torr310

Posts: 1677; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Wow...nice! Hope it's accurate!

12. superfans

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

of course it's accurate , it's google maps ;D

2. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

That would still have happened in a building garage where there is no view of the sky to get the signal from GPS satellites.

13. sam_tek

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 18, 2011

I wonder what would happen in the case of multiple floors of parked cars. It'd be nice if it can also tell you which floor you parked on taking advantage of an altimeter sensor! Although, I quite doubt that it's integrated as not every phone comes with it! But still, that'd be cool!


Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Has anyone noticed that google now has lost its awesome speed? It sometimes takes much longer to load up results after I have spoken. I am using GS3 with CM11 but I remember using google now on 4.1 it was much faster then.

4. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

It only seem a little slower cause you tried Cortana and went back to Google now. Cortana is a bit faster so switching back made Google now seem slow, but the truth is its not slow, its running the same speed as before.

6. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

How can you possibly tell that he use cortana? Not sure if trolling or serious... @DEATHSTROKES: The loading time depends on your signal and complexity of your inquiry. No slowdown on me when im on LTE. Google now has this "cache" thing also when you search, so you should also consider that. Maybe what your looking for is not yet cache on your history.


Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

+1 what the hell is cortana? Oh right that new virtual assistant on that seemingly obscure platform. I have been an android user since 2011. This is my observation. Also, google now slowed down after the cards starting giving more info. For example when I used to search for flight info when Google now had launched it would show me only the time, status and terminal but it would reply almost instantaneously. Now it shows a progress bar with the aircrafts position but the reply comes a little late. The same can be said for the weather commands. P.s I will never use any mobile platform other than android :-)

14. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

No slowdown here on Nexus 5. I wouldn't call windows phone obscure, as it's market share is slowly but surely growing.

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Whats Cortana?

5. TechBlue

Posts: 81; Member since: May 06, 2010

Great even more data the NSA can collect lol

7. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

That would be true for any GPS enabled device especially one that can access cell towers and wifi. You should not even buy a phone if you're that paranoid.

8. 36thDisciple

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

How is this going to help you find your car when you exit the supermarket only to realise you've forgotten where you've parked? Is it pin-point accurate, or will it just tell you what you already know (i.e. it's somewhere in the area)?

15. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Exactly how far away do you have to be before you can't distinguish your vehicle's make, model, & color anymore? Someone shouldn't have to be all that close before their memory is sufficiently jogged.

9. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Nice and also available long time ago in HERE Drive+.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7454; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The only problem you have to be in here drive+ app. You don't have to be in any apps with google now. It will do it automatically. Even before this there was apps for both Android and iOS that did something like this, but you had to run an app and press a button. With google now you don't have to press anything.

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