Google Now to get media controls, cards showing friends' photos, and much more, app teardown suggests

Google Now to get media controls, cards showing friends' photos, and much more, app teardown suggests
Google just released version 3.4 of its Search app for Android. The update brought along a number of minor and not-so-minor improvements to Google Now, including the control of system settings through voice commands and the handy option to find your car in case you happen to forget where you've parked it. But there's a lot more to come in the near future, as a teardown of the app reveals. Strings of code appear to give us clues as to what features Google Now is about to get soon, and some of them do seem worth looking forward to.

To start, Google Now may be about to start displaying cards with photos taken by the user's Google+ buddies. These cards, and most likely the photos that are to be shown in them, appear to be linked to a specific location. Perhaps Google Now will be bringing us photos that our friends have taken nearby? Both a +1 and an email button may be shown on this particular card.

Another improvement coming to Google Now could be the addition of music controls – a new card with buttons for controlling multimedia playback is about to be added, it seems. Chances are that these will be associated with Google's Play Music app only, but who knows, perhaps other music players might be able to take advantage of them as well.

Furthermore, it appears that Google Now is about to get a timer feature, more detailed cards on sports events, hotword detection settings, and improvements to its display of transportation information. A new card showing products nearby, presumably based on recent searches, could also be in the works. Last but not least, pieces of code indicate that a timer feature is about to be enabled. 

That's about all that Android Police's APK examination has revealed so far. Our guess on when the aforementioned features are to go live is about as good as yours.

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11 Comments

1. ysk79

Posts: 39; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

ummm...wow

5. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Cards sounds like Tiles showing friends info.

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Pathetic..... from now on you are just a WP bot from my PoV who has nothing else to talk other than live tiles, WP sh*t on any unrelated article.

17. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I call out similarities. Look at this i bet you within a couple of years Google now will become the native Homescreen across Android, its their way of bringing a WP like Live homescreen that is not as clumsy as Widgets, Google now was largely inspired by WP Local scout who ushed in an era in integrated location based services, but unlike Local scout Google is adding large cards (their version of Tiles) with relevant consumers info, that bland Google now UI is going to become colorful adding lots of images, its pretty much WP HTC One, Tizen and all those who are ripping WP tiles UI interface says you are wrong,

18. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I would respond to him...but its not worth it anymore. WP bot seems appropriate.

8. SleepingOz unregistered

If you'd ever use an Android with Google Now, you'd know that the cards are actually useful unlike those fugly and boring tiles.

15. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Please look up WebOS Cards....read this http://allthingsd.com/20100527/exclusive-palm-loses-mobile-design-guru-matias-duarte/ And try this again....

6. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Even more sports info....nice. Music controls too. Google is doing everything in their power to make sure you use Google Now alot...lol.

13. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Google Now is one of the first things to go when I get a new Android phone. Wish Google would add more platform features to Android vs. infesting it with more of their garbage.

14. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Neat!

16. Rydsmith unregistered

I believe this has a lot to do with Android Wear, for as we have been shown, Google Now is a critical part of the system. This especially makes sense with music controls.

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