Popular Science names Google Now the Innovation of the Year

Popular Science names Google Now the Innovation of the Year
We have been intrigued and fascinated by Google Now and all of its myriad possibilities since it was announced, and it seems that we haven't been the only ones. Popular Science has now named the new service as the Innovation of the Year, which is a pretty impressive award. Popular Science has tried to choose products that are deemed "milestones", products that fundamentally change something in our world. Some of the past recipients include: the digital camera, seedless watermelon, the Chunnel, the portable defibrillator, TiVo, SpaceShipOne, the genome sequencer, the Apple iPhone and App Store, and the Large Hadron Collider. 

This is actually the second Google product to make the list after Google Maps. According to Popular Science editor-in-chief Jacob Ward, Google now made the cut because "It really crosses a line, not just technologically, but in terms of the expectations that we humans have about our relationship to our technology," and added:

Perhaps it's because we've said something very similar in the past, but we have to agree with Mr. Ward. Google Now may have relatively limited functionality right now, but it is growing fast, and the potential for offering us more and more information is always there. 

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30 Comments

1. Izzy_V

Posts: 216; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

True innovation deserves true recognition. ;P

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Well, that's explain why apple copied google allowing employees 20% work hours to be devoted to personal pet project. apple copy...apple copied... we are used its by now and i respect the only person from apple that admits it.

29. the_best

Posts: 139; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

innovation? microsoft tried to do this in the 90´s and it almost tore the company appart. that time the american government stopped them.. but apparently now its ok. i dont want some big corporation to now every thing about me, its not ethical to use people how ever they want, just becouse they now who we are!

2. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Nice. Google is real innovation. Not like Apple would know anything about that...

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

A talking google search function. I don't see how's that's more innovating than a virtual assistant.

23. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Its goes beyond it a lil by just giving you info based on some things you setup. Maybe even based on searches. And its extremely accurate. No Stallions with Google Now....lol. Google Now is like the notification shade on steroids...lol. Its innovation. Apple does it all the time....take existing technology, add their sugar and spice and release it to the world. Any Apple fan should appreciate this. Seriously....use Google Now and Siri and you will see the difference.

25. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Because you don't understand the point of Google Now, and obviously haven't read what I've written about it (which is hurtful). The point is that it isn't a "talking google search function", it mixes together search data, location data, and other things to give you relevant information BEFORE you ask for it.

27. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Thank you Mr Article Writer...lol.

28. Mxyzptlk unregistered

My comment wasn't really targeted at you Michael. I will give Now props for being intuitive in numerous areas. I wasn't trying to bash your article and I did have a chance to read it. As for the article, I can see where you're going here.

32. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

You know, siri is a a real crap....just watch the facts......hmmm....stallion :-D www.youtube.com/watch?v=grmixtB9dZM&feature=youtube_gdata_player

3. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

"Seedless watermelon".......Mmmmmmmmmmm :) haha

4. nwright94 unregistered

For some reason google now is always trying to tell me how much traffic there is to the closest Chinese restaurant. It wants Chinese food I guess >_

5. Aeires unregistered

Nice job, Google. Now has worked great every time I needed to find something out, and the voice is much more pleasant than a lot of computer interfaces. Well deserved credit, keep up the good work and wow us even further.

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

And it is very accurate. Its my new fav toy...

6. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

As they should be. Definitely deserved it.

7. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

lol. im was reading the article right before i saw this

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Congrats Google, Google Now. After installing the JB leak on my RAZR, Google now is my new fav toy...lol.

14. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Now can we finally all agree that Google does maps and voice assistants better than Apple.

16. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I forgot to add...I get daily sport scores, I get driving routes to and from work, with warnings about traffic, weather info, I see you can also get info about meetings, travel, flights, public transportation, nearby places, movies, news, concerts... Thats all automatic. No asking about any of it...just set it to be shown and you are done. Google Now is simply amazing.

18. DaNTRoN

Posts: 135; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

I can not wait for JB on my One S. Why don't I root it, you say? Blah my GF has iMac and I just can not seem to root on OS X. I've tried Thunderbolt, Galaxy Tab 10.1, and One S. Failed every time.

17. DaNTRoN

Posts: 135; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

I watched the google i/o live on my computer this year and, when they introduced Google Now it just felt like something different. I have to say it did change the way I view smartphones. I honestly was thinking Google would come out with a Siri competitor. But I was (obviously) wrong. This feature is beyond anything ever produced on a smartphone. Google Now could, in the case of say an invasion of a country by an enemy army, push info too anyone with cell service (that has android 4.1+) the enemies movement and keep public updated so they could counter attack. Or feed a government daily route schedules, eating habits, work schedules, etc that would allow for a police state to take place. Granted, both of these scenarios are very extreme examples, and of course many more scenarios both inside and outside the box. But I believe this technology has the potential to do more than anything before it. And that is truly amazing.

19. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

heck i can smell something burning :)

21. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

Haven't tried Google now so I cannot say how good or bad it is.. But I do trust Popular Science and their judgment, however just like a cheeseburger, is not for everyone.. Siri does wonders for me and I don't need to switch...

24. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

You're so full of it, it's seeping out of your mouth on onto your iPhone. Did you even read what Google Now is? SMH, such stupid remark for someone who seethes with hate for no reason. Popular Mechanics thinks that the way Google Now interacts it places it beyond Siri, Siri you have to ask it questions, Google Now is checks the area you are in and gives you relative information to where you are...think about it...yea, I'll wait!

26. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I get what you are saying. And you are right. Google Now goes a lil beyond what Siri is. I can see Apple eventually updating Siri to do similar.

30. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

i am there a patent somewhere waiting to be violated. LOL!!! Play with the best die like the rest!!

22. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

The future is with tech that knows everything about you; your name, age, DOB, where you live and work, what you eat, when you s**t. So thanks to google and Facebook, we are now part of of the collective. Such innovation. But I guess memory of us and our past as the end of the world is coming next month. Humanity will end. A new species will arise and Facebook and google will be lost and found past relic that these new species will discover of who they were in the past.

31. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I just want to reiterate... once these products/services from Google become self-aware; Do not try to pull the plug! We all already know how that turns out. Just... just smile and give it your cookies.

33. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

And now this thing based on facts..... not money spend in R&D........

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