Google Now quietly gets pedometer card: tracks how much you've walked, cycled

Google Now quietly gets pedometer card: tracks how much you've walked, cycled
Google Now might have gotten a ton of new features like movie and restaurant recommendations in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but one amazing new feature has quietly started appearing for various users - a pedometer.

This seems to be a GPS-based pedometer that has been quietly calculating how many miles you walked or cycled so far this month.

This is pretty cool, especially given the fact that we haven’t heard it mentioned anywhere officially by Google. It also is a brilliant illustration of the huge possibilities for Google Now.

We are not yet seeing that card appear on Google Now, but you might already have it. Let us know if so, and how do you like it?

source: Droid-life



1. Savage unregistered

When you have Google Now, you won't need Fitness apps :D

21. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

i think it is a classic idea, but allow me to ask something. isn't it a breach of privacy for google to record your movements via gps? obviously that is now the information is collected. so google has info where exactly you went. however, it is possible i have it all wrong. in that case could someone clear it to me?

22. Atekihcan

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

I'm sure it is not using GPS as I occasionally turn it on.

2. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Great stuff for diabetics like me ... don't need to spend money frequently on omron pedometers which go bad too frequently ... this is what counts towards user experience really and not some sexy looking (for some) icons :)

3. soshi

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

Awesome, every application will merge in Google now as truly assistant.

4. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

no, according to fans is something that replies to you with confirmation("so should I.....?"), witty jokes and pictures of stallions or places where to hide a body and weird movie reviews... yep this is nothing

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I walked 21 Miles!!! how many have you walked?

13. parthpatels007

Posts: 54; Member since: May 27, 2011

12! :D never knew i walked so much haha

15. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

something like 120-150 miles a month

6. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

yeah I noticed it on my GneX this morning. awesome.

7. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Im pretty scared that google now will become a "Creepy assitant" that will watch your every movement -_- google is the most innovative company i've ever seen, im not bashing apple though, im bashing REST IN MOTION

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Aren't they already? :P

9. yet0722

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

i ady got this. but i dont think its a really got stuff.. because i dnot even cycling nowadays.. Google mentioned i'm cycled. lmao

10. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

I presume this only really works if you've had your phone surgically implanted so it is with you absolutely all the time? I wonder how it records bedroom gymnastics?

11. chkee89

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

i have it this morning...nice improvement for google now

12. Atekihcan

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

I just got this card. It seems like a nice feature but I'm curious to know how it works as according to it I've cycled 17 miles in October and I don't have a cycle! :-P

16. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I'm assuming it works by guessing your mode of travel based on your speed. Driving slowly would probably count towards biking miles.

14. Lawks

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 23, 2012

Apparently I walked 86 Kilometers. It must have counted Subway and tram use. Not sure if I walk that much. 30km definitely but 86 mhhh.

17. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Seems like a nice little addition. I'm hoping this type of thing will become a regular happening. Every few weeks, a new card or two should be added to Google Now.

18. hotdoggnboi

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

I was checking the weather for today - and my Google now has a card saying I have walked 5 miles - pretty cool.

19. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Keeps getting better and better

20. Endruu

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

It's cool and everything, and it came as a pleasant surprise to me when I found that Google Now had picked it up after my run last night. Problem is that it's inaccurate, On my Runkeeper, I've ran a total 142km (88miles) in October but was given 65miles of walking, and 14miles of cycling when I had actually done 46.3km (28miles) Am hoping that (1) Google would allow me to change my settings to show KM, and (2) let me set where to pluck its info from, or at least let me know where its getting its data so I can know why it's wrong

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