Google Now is Google’s intelligent search app made to provide information before you ask for it, and it works pretty damn well. It populates the screen with relevant cards. Users can customize the experience by selecting which cards they want to see from a menagerie of options. A new update rolling out to those on Android 4.1 or higher will add quite a few more cards to the mix, making your life a little easier.
Two awesome new cards are for car rentals and concert tickets. If you happen to use Gmail for either of these purchases, you’ll have a card in Google Now giving you information with buttons to get even more. The car rental card will act much like a boarding pass card for a plane flight, if you’ve ever used it.
Commute cards have also been improved. Public transit cards will now show you the last train or bus available, just so you won’t miss it. There is also a new feature that allows you to share your commute with friends and family. So when you commute, they’re informed of it.
There are a few extra features included in this update. When searching for music or movies, a “remind me” button will pop up. Press it, and you’ll be reminded when the album or movie is released. The TV card can also now identify specific news or music playing on your TV. And lastly, NCAA football scores will be available for sports fans at the start of football season.
Once again, Google has improved an app that has made many lives quite a lot easier. With more and more cards, we’re ever closer to being fully informed at all times. That may be good or bad in your opinion, but it’s pretty awesome and surreal. I know that Google Now has assisted me quite often in life, but has it improved yours?