Feb 12 AT 12:04 PM Dima Aryeh 10 Comments

Google Now update adds “Call Mom” and other such commands


The Google Search app has received yet another update, and this one adds a few new commands to Google Now. For those who like to use voice dialing (especially if you have a Moto X or are running the Google Now Launcher), this update will be a significant improvement. Instead of having to constantly name names, you can now use a general term for a person.

For example, instead of having to say your mother’s name (with my last name, it can be difficult for Google Now to understand), you can say “call mom” or “send a text to mom.” This also works for people like your boss, wife, husband, and others. The first time you try this, it will ask you who that person is and allow you to permanently set that command.

As time goes on, we’re sure more terms will be added to make sure calling people will be easier. Though with calling on a big decline, it won’t be all that useful to a large amount of people. Still, it’s awesome to see Google updating its apps with more functionality. Will you use commands like these? Let us know in the comments!

Source: +Google

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • Andrew

    Is this a who new launcher update or is this just a update to the search app?

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      The search app, it’ll be available to everyone on 4.1 and above.

  • Dakota

    How are people supposed to know this stuff (of not happening to read this)… Updates with breakfast features but google never tells you.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      That’s why you should refer everyone to Android and Me ;) we make up for Google’s shortcomings

      • Steven

        Is there a list somewhere of what names you can use? While mother, bother, sister worked, sister in law and best friend didnt

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  • faisal

    Google now is now my favorite search app and voice command app. I compared It with siri and found that Google voice commad is actually much better then the siri.only thing I want from Google now is, when I’m trying to give voice command using my Headphone by long pressing the Headphones button It says “please unlock the device” but I wanna give those command without unloacking the device which is pin code protected. So please Google add this facility. Thanks all.

    • Lucas Mathias

      Then why don’t you remove the pin code? There’s no point in complaining about a security system that you’ve put there lol
      If someone stole your phone, all they would’ve to do is connect a headphone and press it’s button

  • Clarence Brown

    I will definitely be using these features. Yes, calls are in decline, nevertheless it will never really go away.

  • vivek201

    Google is getting more and more personal with our daily lives. I don’t hate it because all features have been helpful so far but personally I am bit worried.