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

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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.

Google Now will help you remember where you parked your car

Google Now will help you remember where you parked your car

source: GoogleSearch via 9to5Google via Engadget

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posted on 01 May 2014, 01:08 2

1. torr310 (Posts: 1074; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 01 May 2014, 07:36 1

12. superfans (Posts: 155; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)

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

posted on 01 May 2014, 01:12 5

2. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 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.

posted on 01 May 2014, 07:41

13. sam_tek (Posts: 105; Member since: 18 Feb 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!

posted on 01 May 2014, 01:19 4

3. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 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.

posted on 01 May 2014, 01:52 1

4. Gemmol (Posts: 792; Member since: 09 Nov 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.

posted on 01 May 2014, 03:01 5

6. sriuslywtf (Posts: 297; Member since: 09 Jul 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.

posted on 01 May 2014, 06:45 4

10. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 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 :-)

posted on 01 May 2014, 11:44 1

14. bestmvno (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)

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

posted on 01 May 2014, 07:16

11. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Whats Cortana?

posted on 01 May 2014, 02:48 1

5. TechBlue (Posts: 80; Member since: 06 May 2010)

Great even more data the NSA can collect lol

posted on 01 May 2014, 04:27 6

7. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 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.

posted on 01 May 2014, 04:44

8. 36thDisciple (Posts: 10; Member since: 21 Apr 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)?

posted on 01 May 2014, 20:49

15. roscuthiii (Posts: 2234; Member since: 18 Jul 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.

posted on 01 May 2014, 05:58

9. noler (Posts: 324; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)

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

posted on 02 May 2014, 06:19

16. sgodsell (Posts: 4767; Member since: 16 Mar 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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