Google updates Search app, bolsters Now features for Jelly Bean

Daniel Bader

December 5, 2012 5:41pm

Google has updated its Search app for Android, adding more Cards to Google Now. Focusing on holiday travel, Google Now is able to show you events in your area, tell you the weather at your destination and, in some cases, automatically show your boarding pass as you enter the airport terminal.

This comes after Google updated its Search app in October to discover context-specific items among your emails. Google is able to tell you when a package has been shipped or if a flight is delayed, based on data gleaned from Gmail, though the features are optional. Google also previously added translation and currency exchange into its Now service.

Google Now can now plug into Goggles and Google+, allowing users to scan barcodes and post to the social network with their voice. The company has also supposedly turned on a music match feature, but when I attempted to discover the track playing on my stereo using the command Google provides, it didn’t quite work (as you can see above). It’s possible that the music match feature, which is like SoundHound or Shazam, is U.S.-only, but that isn’t specific in the release notes.

The update is for Android 4.1+ devices, which limits its to around 6% of the ecosystem, but that number is quickly growing, especially since the world’s most popular Android phone just received the functionality.

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Via: Official Android Blog

  • ile2010

    I’m looking forward to testing this out, providing that my N4 arrives within my lifetime.

    • John

      Problem Apple?

    • Rio

      This looks like an implementation of siri.

    • Peter

      Rio you’re right, it would be an implementation of Siri if it weren’t for 2 minor issues.

      1. It actually WORKS
      2. It comes back with RELEVANT responses QUICKLY

      Otherwise yeah, it’s just like Siri. NOT!!!

    • Rio

      Siri works perfectly fine for me and other that use it. But your right, I should believe everything the media tells me.

      Secondary if your not aware Siri is just the voice recognition, the actual results are pulled from a number of different places including Wolphramalpha, yahoo, wikipedia oh and even Google. So what were you saying again? It doesnt pull up searches?

      Lastly, when I said implementation of siri I meant this is a very similar idea that they have taken and made their own.

    • Rio

      They say Apple fans are blind followers but anyone reading these post made by ignorant android users made on here, they would think the opposite.

      We need a forum just for the educated apple and android users who have some respect and understanding of what they are taking about and dont just go around bashing other for the sake of it.

  • 7-Down

    Mind… blo- exploded. Amazing update and Google+ in Google Now is a welcome feature.

  • tazb

    that’s the worst test for the new Google Now features

  • Evan

    awesome! updating now 🙂

  • Hilman

    Lol at Siri, pwned!!!

  • EmperumanV

    Hmm loving the new Google Search update for Google Now. I searched “Who is Tony Stark” and Google Now responded with “Iron Man…” Not sure if it was an old feature or not…

  • Andy c

    Google now is turning into android’s killer feature

    The more I use Google now the harder it would be for me to switch to another platform.

  • Andy c

    I’d like too add Google now loads much faster on my gnex

  • BW

    The US has had a What’s this song widget since ICS. My understanding is it opens the result in the play store so I guess because we don’t get to buy music from the pay store we don’t get that feature.