Google Now is your know-it-all personal concierge in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Google Now is your know-it-all personal concierge in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
That personal assistant rumored for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean just materialized under the name Google Now, part of the total improved search package in Google's latest mobile OS iteration.

Google Now is a bit of a know-it-all, personal butler that you can refer to when you need information that has your individual habits and the surrounding environment into consideration. Besides the new search UI and the improved Voice Search with natural language, you get a personal concierge now, that feeds info to you based on your individual preferences and current situation.

Googlers said that Now can tell you when is the next car coming while you are waiting in the subway, it can tell you it's time to go to the gym if you usually go around lunch time, or suggest places to eat while you are walking down the street if you aren't the active lunch time type, along with ratings and opinions about them. 

It can also follow your travel plans and warn you if the flight will be delayed while you are commuting to the airport and so on. Leveraging Google's Cards, the service can give you info on your favorite sports team score if it finds a game live at the moment. All in all, it sounds like the most active and nosy personal digital assistant so far, so we can't wait to lay hands on Google Now for a test drive.



1. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Adding a feature iPhone already has. Google is at its best when copying Apple. Thanks Apple for innovating so google will have someone to copy.

2. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

iPhone already has? what? show me where iPhone does this. admit it, WP8 blew away iOS6, and JB blew away iOS6. now let's see JB VS WP8

3. g2a5b0e unregistered

Completely untrue, but everyone knows all the best inventions are better versions of things already existed anyway.

7. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Exactly everyone's simply one upping each other on existing technology. Svoice,Siri, and google now r the exact same thing. They will all get the job done for their platform. C'mon people the days of true innovation r over for at least a few years. Quad cores, and 5. screens isn't innovative... Neither is 3.5. screens, and quad core graphics. It's all about who makes what u like, and what looks the sweetest.

25. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Very true. Thomas Edison was a briliant person, but he did not invent the lightbulb, he improved it. He has most of the credit because his design made the lightbulb practical and useful to everyone. Alexander Ghram Bell was not the first to create a telephone, he made it realistic. Gallileo did not invent the telescope, he made it usable for science. Today, these men would be in a huge legal battle over their inventions. Today, everyone borrows while trying to make something better. The iPhone was not the first touchscreen phone, and android's engineers were not the first with widgets and drop down menus.

4. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

you only dream, its not even close!

5. chadrick0814 unregistered

Copying/stealing...again??? Can you please explain who copied the notification menu, answering a phone call with a message, facial unlock (or at least trying to copy it), turn by turn navigation with 3d maps......?

8. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Dude when it comes to maps and gps, if apple copied google then google copied Nokia. Nokia had gps before android debuted. Now google may have thought it up first, but Nokia beat them to the punch. They all copy dude

29. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I think most people realize that... The issue I believe chadrick0814 is having is that people like taco50 are blind to that fact and are accusatory & bitter over it.

6. Tjey007

Posts: 86; Member since: May 22, 2012

and end of the day it rips apple...anyways what do u want google to innovate ?? make a phone fly ??...we all need personal assistance somewhat and google just added the feature..who gives a damn whether its in ios or is wrong with all this copy paste s**t man !!

10. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Lol mate google now does much more than siri, everything is doe. Automatically and let's not forget offline voice aswel... One thing is sure google and apple will keep on besting one another and that can only be good for us the consumers...

14. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

sorry taco50dumba*s this blows siri and all the others out of the water. No robotic reply back this is actual person voice replying back....this kicks the sh*t out of siri!!!!!!! As everyone else has mentioned, everyone is one uping everyone and making it better or their own version. Personal preference too in which my case, this is heads over heals better then the rest of them!!

22. FlyMrTee

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

what are you talking about siri wasnt even an innovation of apples it was a free app in the app store before the 4s .. apple didnt create it they bought it

24. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

Siri = Voice assistance Google = Search Assistance oh yea, Apple did not have a search engine

27. tedkord

Posts: 17509; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And how many of iOS 6's "new" features were on Android for years?

28. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Are you not tired of accusing Google of copying where as your beloved Apple is doing also worst is iOS 6 a.k.a iOS Eclair, copied it's newest features from Android. Don't make copying as an excuse, I'm sure you're too jealous of Android. It's time to swim to other side of the river, or you might get drown once you still stay with your iOS, it's not getting newer, rather it's getting older. The introduction of jelly bean makes more iOS outdated. Now the question is which one taste delicious, jelly bean or apple??

30. Killer_Instinct

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

Steve Jobs said: - Multitasking is stupid on phones - 4G is overrated - 3.5 inches is the perfect screen size, any bigger than that and the phone becomes unusable - if you use stylus you blew it - iPad-style tablet computers with smaller 7in screens would be “dead on arrival” I think you'll not gonna think twice if Apple told YOU to shoot YOURSELF...LOL

9. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Fandroids calm down I'm happy you can now enjoy features iPhone users have had for a while

11. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Yeah partially on few Apple toys..

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

lol oh please

16. jellytime

Posts: 135; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

This is a Troll // Captain Obvious

18. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Taco, you should calm down too. You hands are tired now, please stop trolling and spamming.

19. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

And we're happy that you still can't get features Android have for a while now.

20. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Taco you are such an __________.

23. FlyMrTee

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

and you apple sheeps can finally have turn by turn navigation

13. Tjey007

Posts: 86; Member since: May 22, 2012

you believe you can flyyyyyyy > > > > > booooom (Android jelly bean)..RIP iOS 6 :|

15. Yankchef

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

sooooo micro hdmi? USB 2.0? It seems to me like this is a true answer to the kindle fire in the regard that it relies entirely on the cloud... If I cannot connect it to an external hard drive or my tv (without that stupid 300 ball) then i mean its still nice but is still a stand alone device. unless im wrong about the hdmi, usb

17. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

google is the BOMBBBB!!!!!!!!!! I'm like a kid in a candy store with all of this new stuff coming out. I'll take one of each please :)

21. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

Google Now is wayyyyy ahead to SIRI.i should not even compare it with siri , they r on different levels...a Punch in the Face ....ohh i was waiting for this day i can go out there and brag while my ifan friends look down & try to defend .

26. domspencer01

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

I'm really excited about this. Honestly the only part of ios6 that I liked was passbook, and this looks like it upped Voice Actions and combined it with offers into this crazy supermajiggy thing called Google Now. Truly impressed, I don't care if apple had passbook first or if wp8 wallet blew passbook out of the water. This is what it needs to be, the best of all of those and awesome voice search!

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