Jul 05 AT 7:50 AM Nick Gray 35 Comments

Video highlights Google Now capabilities with 47 questions


There’s no denying that Google Now has received quite a bit of positive press since it was unveiled at I/O last week. Many have compared the service to Apple’s Siri, but there’s really a lot more that Google Now can do. The beauty of the service is that it learns your habits based on your location and personal searches, producing relevant and actionable information which is specific to your needs.

According to the official Google Now page, the service is able to pull up details about flight information, traffic, public transit, locations, sports, appointments, weather and even basic calculations. We could write a half dozen paragraphs about what Google Now can or can’t do, but we thought we’d share a video which puts the service to the test with 47 questions which cover most of the use cases Google has thought up (so far).

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Have any of you has been able to test Google Now yet? Does the service add value to your Android device or is it a gimmick which will soon be forgotten?

Source: Android Police

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Louis A

    I am waiting to test this on my GSM GNex when Jelly Bean becomes available. Apple is not gonna like this. I am sure they already working on what they do best; Patent fights and lawsuits.

    • Sean LeRoy

      Ha! I thought you said that Apple will patent “flights” LOL…probably not too far from the truth LOL

  • epps720

    This is beyond impressive. Google’s voice search was already better than Siri but this just puts it to shame. 2 weeks ago before JB, my friend was trying to search for the phone number for a nearby Auto Zone using Siri. He tried 3 times w/awfully incorrect results I tried once on my G-Nex without a hitch and that was before these G-Now cards!!

  • http://pallensplace.blogspot.com/2012/03/asus-eee-pad-memo-370t.html Pallen

    Absolutely phenomenal

  • Motjida

    I flashed my GSM Galaxy Nexus with the Google I/O GSM Leak and had a go at all 67 questions (both vids).

    Most of the questions returned a Google Search for me, nothing like the popups on the video.
    Also, it tells me M&M’s World on Broadway is the tallest building in the world Oo.

    I’ve everyhthing set to Engllish (US) no idea why I’m getting such poor results :-(

    • Motjida

      Excuse the spelling mistakes, I was in a hurry to post.

      Also, the times I did get popups, I didn’t get any pictures with it (Simpsons etc.).

      So sad :’-(

      • Fahad Rahman

        I had similar results… I don’t know how he got his to work but half of them worked for me the other half just returned with google search results…

    • Rick H

      I have the same issue, do cards with images only work in the United States? I am in Costa Rica. Voice recognition is perfect (English, not in Spanish, it gets funny things), but it always returns Google searches.

    • dcdttu

      I had similar results with Now in Jelly Bean. I hardly ever got any voice on the results, and it usually pulled up a search result rather than the cool stuff this video did. Course, I was on JB RIGHT after they released it, and Google, in their defense, doesn’t have to be ready or have all features fully on until it releases officially on the GN or Nexus 7.

      Seeing that I later got voice response on questions I asked it and results started to be less search results and more actual cards with information, they’re likely changing things in anticipation for release.

    • Jay Ar

      Same problems occured to me, also the cards are not colored like the ones displayed here.

  • jimmy

    this has tons of potential so im excited to try it.

    • sharon92

      It’s quite incredible what google has manage to make in the last months, I don’t know if you had found out but just a few days ago had released even Google Analytics for android phones and tablets, I have to say that they don’t stop making new improvements and surprises.

  • awundrin

    It’s very impressive indeed! I too am looking forward to giving it a whirl. Nice job Google!

  • duffguy123

    The answer to life, the universe, and everything = 42, love the hitchhiker’s guide reference!!!!

    • duffguy123

      HAHAHAHAHA oh man the barrel roll was awesome!! had to hold in my laughter since I’m at work xD

  • http://www.openintro.com OpenIntro

    There is a flashable zip for Google Now over on XDA. I loaded it onto my HP Touchpad last night and was instantly impressed. The UI is very nice and the fact that it knew where I worked, and showed me the route and the traffic was phenomenal. I haven’t been able to set up sports team alerts or seen any of the appointment cards, but what I’ve seen so far is pretty cool.

  • Michel

    La malo de todo esto es que en México no se puede usar al 100% no creo que te responda… “Donde hay unos tacos al pastor?”

    • Gherardo

      Quizas si le preguntas : “Where there are tacos al pastor”. :D

  • h0ruza

    I so didn’t want a siri clone but I’m happy with Google now. All I need now is an American accent :)

  • http://facebook.com/jestertx2001 Jesse Moreno

    I was almost quick to call this a gimmick but the cards that pop up to show sports teams’ scores or daily commute information will make Google Now the gotta-have-it app.

    I’m excited and can’t wait for the OTA to start!

  • smeghead68

    Wow that is is impressive if it actually works that well.

  • MoSDeeb

    I’ve been extremely impressed with Google Now on the Galaxy Nexus. I wonder if there will be some sort of tie in with Project Glass. That would be great.

  • Mix

    This has me pumped on getting my new phone!

  • kwills88

    the youtuber did another 20 questions also

    • dcdttu

      I love how each Google Now screen is different based on where you are. My Austin one shows the downtown skyline. REALLY NEAT.

      • XanLoves

        Oh really? Glasgow, Scotland just shows a mountain range. I wonder if anywhere in the UK has a custom screen. I wanna go traveling.

  • Ardrid

    Google Now truly has the potential to be a game changer. Now, one might ask how I can call Google Now a potential game changer and not say the same about Siri. Simple: Google has vast quantities of information at its fingertips thanks to years of search results. Google Now has the ability to harness those results and combine them with other information Google has gathered, such as mapping data and personal information consumers have provided through use of the various Google services. The beautiful thing about Google Now is that it’s only going to become more efficient and more powerful as Google’s search algorithms continue to evolve. The more information Google feeds in, the better Google Now becomes.

  • LuisEAP21-24

    Google Now keeps working despite the last Apple lawsuit

  • Paul

    All I can say is WoW, WoW, this is amazing, I will so use this when Jelly bean comes out, Lets hope UK english is not to fat Away, otherwise If I ask directions to Birmingham it will sent me to Birmingham Alabama not Birmingham the original City in England.

    Very nice work Google.

  • perlowin

    I was waiting for ICS for my [Sprint] Galaxy S II, but now it looks like I’ll have to trade it in for a III to get JB! Is this the Majel project Google has been working on?

    Voice recognition is great when done in a quiet environment, but has anyone tested Google Now and Siri in a noisy environment? I’d like to see how each of them handles background noise.

    I noticed that Google Now seems to be a little faster then Siri, as a matter of fact it is VERY fast! I was not only impressed by it’s recognition and answers, but also by it’s speed!!!

  • NeoJesus

    And I hope Google patented the shit out of this new feature!

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  • shaw

    But where is Jeally Bean on our phones?!