Google has pushed an update to the Google search app for Android that adds some new functionality to Google Now. New cards available in Google Now include information on live TV, third-party music client support and location-aware Google Offers.
Google Now’s live TV support takes the second-screen approach to a new level. If you have a smart TV connected to the same network as your smartphone, Google will offer up additional information on what you’re watching if you tell Now to “listen for a TV show.” As an example, Google says that, “if you were watching Nik Wallenda cross the Grand Canyon this weekend, with Google Now, you could learn that the ‘King of the Wire’ in fact holds seven Guinness World Records, including highest bike ride on a high-wire.”
Other companies, like Microsoft with the Xbox, have tried to get in on the second-screen movement, but Google seems to be headed in a different direction. TV producers don’t need to develop any custom content for Google Now live TV support. Interesting information and facts will auto-populate, much like with everything else in Google Now.
Also new to Google Now is the ability to select a third-party music app when asking Google Now to play an artist or track. Way back in mid-April, I wrote a post titled “What I want to see at Google I/O: Third-party developer support” where I detailed the kind of functionality third-party apps could bring to Google Now. That dream is finally coming true.
Using the new music feature is simple. Just say, “play an artist,” and use the drop down menu on the Google Now card to select the app you want to use.
Google Now also finally gained the ability to open and remind you of saved Google Offers when you near the establishment the offer is for.
What do you think of Google Now’s neat features? Personally, I can’t wait to see what else Google does with third-party apps. Google Now is getting more and more useful by the day.