I’ve been wanting to write some articles for you about Google Now for a while but time and other topic interests took priority. Google Now is the most amazing phone app I’ve used, and I’ve used a lot of them.
Here’s how it works: Once you install Google on your Android phone (I have no idea if Google Now works on iPhones; most Apple products are so difficult to use and buggy that I. Just. Say. No.), you have a swarm of super-computers at your disposal. Google Now truly is what science-fiction shows and movies 30 years ago would show as “future computer technology.”
Using Google Now
Google Now resides on your phone’s home screen.
Here’s the way it works: You touch the Google Now microphone icon and simply ask a question. Any question!
Google then answers, almost always aloud unless the answer is extremely complicated or has multiple possible sources. The voice answers are the most astounding and useful. Whether it answers by voice or not, it always displays a list of Google web results you can click for more details.
It’s so silly to list possible questions for you because the sky’s the limit! Seriously, just ask it anything.
- What time is it?
- What time is it in Naples, Italy
- When was Robert De Niro Born?
- What was last night’s Dodger final score?
- Call home (Google Now is a task launcher for your phone too)
- Send text to Mike Smith telling him to bring coffee
- What time does Best Buy close tonight?
- How do I get to [anywhere]?
- When does the God’s Not Dead movie come out on DVD?
- What does hermeneutic mean?
- What’s the weather like this weekend?
- Where is area code 405? (For when you get strange calls and want to know where they originated)
- What is the name of the theme song to Gilligan’s Island?
My Buddies and I
The other night, two of my friends and I were at dinner and they said I should see a movie from a few years ago but neither could remember the name. They told me it starred Gene Hackman and Will Smith. They kept racking their brains trying to recall the name for me. (These are extremely elderly gentlemen, they do the best they can…)
I calmly pulled out my cell phone, touched the Google Now mic icon, and asked, “What movie did Gene Hackman and Will Smith star in?”
My friends looked at me as though I were crazy.
Google Now immediately answered, aloud, for all of us to hear: “Gene Hackman and Will Smith starred in Enemy of the State.”
I didn’t know for sure Google Now would answer. But it’s never let me down before! So it was worth a try and as usual, it paid off. (By the way, I watched the movie the next night and I was impressed that a movie made before 2000 would be so on top of security concerns in America. Very good.)
I have used Google Now for a year and it still constantly impresses me.