Update to Google Now gives it conversational skills to help you make reservations

Update to Google Now gives it conversational skills to help you make reservations
Google Now has received an upgrade that allows it to better hold a conversation. Now, Google's personal assistant can go through the hotel reservation you have in your Gmail account and find nearby restaurants. Once your reservation is known to Google Now, you can ask it to show you the menu of a specific eatery that you've selected. And once you're sure that you've found the place to go, Google Now will make a reservation for you using Open Table. No fuss, no muss.

The whole thing can be done in the manner of a human conversation. When talking to Google Now, simply ask "Ok Google, show me restaurants near my hotel."

So let's say that you're on your vacation, and have just enjoyed a nice dinner at the restaurant you made the reservation for, using Google Now. You're interested in a little post-dinner entertainment, like a movie. Simply whip out your handset and ask Google Now to show you theaters near the restaurant and you're set. The whole time, you interacted with Google Now as though you were talking to another person.

And you can leave it up to Google Now to remind you about your rental car reservation and flight home, as long as these were confirmed via Gmail. And if your flight is delayed or canceled, Google Now will give you information about alternate flights.

source: Google via Engadget, TechCrunch



1. zackh121556

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

Pimpin! Google FTW as always!

2. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

that is one of my comments from an earlier Google Now version. Its very robotic to talk with Google now as compared with Cortana or Siri. I am glad Google Now is becoming more human-like.

5. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

When you ask Google now does she respond in a more human voice now? Microsoft hired Jen Taylor, who has Google hired?, from what i read you can ask Google now for info and it interacts with you not from a vocal standpoint but from searching and doing what you asks with robotic programed tone, with Cortana you actually hold a conversation instead of it just doing what you ask. I could be wrong, if so correct me.

6. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Only famous people can talk huh??? Google may have hired someone who are relatively unknown... I know it is robotic....but I don't care..it gets my work done quickly compared to other assistants I have used....

11. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Google used one of their internal employees, and to this day, gnow still sounds more human than any of them. Cortana only sounds good for pre made phrases. Same person who did google maps.

12. dislocat

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

Have you LISTENED to the voices side by side? Google's voice is really robotic and doesn't have any "emotion" to it. Yes, it simply does what it's supposed to but a little added humanity wouldn't disturb anyone at all. And keep in mind here, since it's all about interaction by voice, the user experience is hugely determined also by the quality of the voice. I think Siri is doing a great job sounding awesome and Google should follow.

3. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

...and the BEST just got that much better. Well played Google... Very Well Played!

14. epdm2be

Posts: 822; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

the best? Are you nuts. It's maybe the best for native english speakers but something mundane like simply DIALING SOMEONE is a bloody nightmare. My nokia 701 does a MUCH better job at such simple tasks and so do a lot of other NON-smartphones. Granted a few need to "learn" your words but Symbian doesn't need to learn anything and you can control a lot with your voice. Especially for non-english speakers. That Google crap always come up with website links instead of FIRST looking on the phone and using that bloody internet the LAST! IMHO it's overhyped and crap.

15. dislocat

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

It might be true, symbian knowing what you want better, but this doesn't erase the fact that Symbian is a dying platform, so it's practically useless to refer to Symban anymore. It doesn't stand a foot in the future of smartphones being an inferior product. The main dominating platforms still today are Android, iOS and Windows.

16. epdm2be

Posts: 822; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

"practically useless to refer to Symban anymore" No it is not! 1) If I don't like the dominating platforms of today then I'm NOT gonna spend any money on it. Period! And just as all of them are looking at Apple to copy stuff from, they could as well look long and hard at Symbian (or any other old platform for that matters) and see what features customers liked and they (customers that is) want implemented in the new platforms. E.g. Infrared was an ancient technology that's recently been hyped up as the next big thing while in reality even old IPaq H3600-series had infrared ports (AND associated Apps to control TV's, VCR's and DVD-players)! " It doesn't stand a foot in the future of smartphones being an inferior product." First it was/is NOT an inferior product. It's a different product and it's still FAR superior in terms of features vs footprint, efficiency and power-usage. Symbian's multi-tasking is unparallelled. And secondly "those leading the future of smartphones" might start listen to what customers want. I want...no I EXPECT certain features in smartphones (whether they were in Windows Mobile or Symbian or any other yesteryear-product doesn't even matter)! These features are the deciding factor whether "the future of smartphones" get my spending or not! It's about time that customers stop tolerating all the bulls**t and excuses of those manufacturers to ditch or implement this or that feature. It's OUR money so WE decide! For instance. I EXPECT to install apps were I WANT (including micro-SD-cards) not where Google wants me to store them. And yes, in SYmbian the app nicely asked where I wanted an app to go (phonememory, internal storage or external storage). But in all the haste to produce bland ugly icons and other useless eye-candy Google is enforcing users to store apps in just one location making the purchase of big SD-cards redundant. Why? because we "could" put the card into a new phone and continue using our apps without a hassle (read: spending money on the app again)? Is that it? Greed?

4. WoodyH

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

Google continues to make good use of those Motorola patents!

7. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

It is now possible to set reminders completely with your voice (e.g. "remind me to buy the milk tomorrow at 2 p.m.")

8. WoodyH

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

You would need the screen on to do it, but yes you can. If you had the Moto X, you can do this while the phone is asleep. You can also set location reminders. For example, "remind the next time I am at walmart to buy milk." The next time you go to any walmart, your will get a notification.

9. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I use that on my note 3 alot, though i use non specific location reminders on Cortana Far more. While saying 'walmart' is awesome, saying 'any store' and getting reminded when i skip walmart for milk and am at target or smiths etc, to me is more useful. Love competition, brings google to another level.

10. JocularJ

Posts: 221; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

You actually don't need the screen. There is a setting within google now that mimics the moto x. It allows you to say "OK google" from absolutely any screen, even the lock screen, while using another app, etc.

13. WoodyH

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

Yes. But your screen still has to be on. The Moto X can do this with the screen off. OPO has the feature that can enable a feature similar to the X, but it is a battery drainer for them. Motorola is the only OEM that incorporates touchless control, and they did it before the snap 8's came out.

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