Poll results: How often do you use Google Now?

Poll results: How often do you use Google Now?
How often are you using Google's Now virtual butler? That's what we asked you yesterday, and the results are pretty evenly split from "I use it every day" to "I don't use it at all". While we expected the golden middle to prevail, it seems that once you start with Google Now, it's usage becomes more pervasive and frequent, boding well for the future of Google's context-aware virtual assistant.

Google recently issued a huge update for its Now virtual butler that is embedded into most Android phones. In particular, Google Now on Tap that comes with Marshmallow phones, has added flight and packages tracking, extra language packs, and connected stories. When, for example, Google Now on Tap finds a flight number on your display, it will show info about it, including potential delays, and the same goes for tracking your packages with various delivery services. A more engaging update is the addition of related stories when reading news, though. You may already be familiar with this if you've done a Google search for a news story, then seen related story info in the regular Google Now. 

This new option, however, makes that whole process faster by letting you to fire up Now on Tap while reading a story to get those new links. Oh, and Now on Tap can now speak French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian or Korean even.

How often do you use Google Now?

I use it every day
34.36%
I use it every now and then
29.99%
I've never used it
35.65%

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13 Comments

1. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Google now is useless anyways especially when you're driving...most of the time it won't ''dictate'' your query... so frustrating you'll end up swiping and scrolling

6. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Sure!

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I don't use Google Now very often, but when I do; it appears to work just fine. Do you have a heavy accent or something? lol Based on my experience of using S-Voice, Google Now and Siri; Google now is the best and I wouldnt recommend the other 2 to anyone. In my car, my car stereo allows me to use voice commends. I press a button that so on the back of my sterring wheel and I can control almost every thing including my phone. When I press it and say "OK Google", Google Now opens, I speak and I can only think of 2 times it failed only because I didnt completely ask the question correctly. Its not useless, but it isnt very useful per se. I simply prefer just typing what I need knowing I will type it correctly the first time and get a quick answer.

2. engineer-1701d unregistered

i call bull s on this i use it all day when driving sending texts basic q's and a few other things, its not my fault or googles fault if greek people cant use something so simple, i mean its not like economy where you have to really try it a given

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I'm afraid I've Cortana at my disposal...! She's arguably way more hotter, cuter, cooler & smarter than... Ahem... Cough... Google Now... Cough...

13. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Ohh the cough again..

4. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

3 times in my life

5. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

I just need Gmail, Google Maps and Google search. The remaining doesn't matter. Disable Google Now & save your battery life.

7. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

It is bloatware. Just like G play music, movie and book. I want to erase it

8. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

It's Bloatware that is disabled upon purchase for me. Goes for the entire Google App library which is easily replaced by the DuckDuckGo App which actually respects your privacy, and HERE Maps.

9. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Biggest bloatware - Google+ Biggest gimmick - Google Now / Siri / Cortana

11. ECPirate37

Posts: 333; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I use Google Now daily. I'm surprised more people don't use it a lot. It's awesome. I like that it tracks my flights for me, and even tells me when to leave in order to get to the airport an hour early. Also, from anywhere in nyc I just have to swipe up and it will tell me how long it will take me to get home, plus weather updates, and I really appreciate the articles it recommends for me. Solid win.

12. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I used Siri on my past iPhone, and now use Google Voice search on my new OnePlus One (both initiated by holding home button for 2 seconds, not by voice) to quickly do the following, faster than I can type them or navigate to them from another app: - get definitions of words I come across in websites/conversations - Determine weather forecast for some area (including outside) - Make some simple calculation - Get details about some historical/iconic person - Get movie listings and their ratings - Begin playing a specific playlist/song/artist - Get some sports scores - Set an alarm/timer The following were only with Google voice search. They were slower with Siri than doing the navigation/typing myself, 'cause every time, Siri would respond with "Would you like me to search the web for ....", take time to load Safari, then take time again to load the GOOGLE search result, or simply "I don't understand what you mean by ...": - Finding taxi numbers in my area - Finding local business (not just restaurants) addresses - Finding the pictures of any form of matter, depending on my current conversation - Determine the spelling and definition of some word I heard in a conversation (I literally just launch Google voice search and ask the other person to say the word).

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