Along with the release of Android 4.2 and the Nexus 4, Google announced an update to Google Now that delivered a handful of new features and a dazzling array of new cards. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait for the Nexus 4 to get your hands on the latest version of Google Now. Google has just released an update to the app via the Play Store that delivers new voice actions, scheduling or verifying meetings, and even the ability to launch applications.
While those features may be quite useful, the biggest new feature is Google Now’s integration with Gmail, allowing the app to create contextual cards for upcoming flights, dinner and hotel reservations, package tracking and much more. Gmail integration will allow Google Now to be much more personalized to your needs and allow the application to serve up information that is location and time specific without you actually having to search through your inbox.
Naturally, Google is constantly updating the list of cards that Google Now can access through the web. Users will now be able to access cards for local movie listings, concerts, landmarks and popular photo spots.
It’s nice to see Google Now receive such an extensive update only a few months after its launch. With the Android 4.1 updates for the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III starting to roll out, millions of Android users will soon be able to enjoy the best Android feature introduced with Jelly Bean.