15
May
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Google's official Search app (aka Google Now) for Android has been updated with a few new features, though they're pretty awesome ones. First, voice reminders are finally live - you can now say, for example, "remind me to buy milk this evening" or "remind me to take out the trash when I get home." I think we can all agree that's kind of amazing.

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The second new feature is suggested content, in the form of upcoming books, music, TV, and video games you might be interested in. Presumably, this is based on your email and search history. Finally, real-time public transit updates are coming for select cities. Nice! Some of these features - like reminders - don't actually seem to be working yet, so hold tight if you're not seeing them. The official Now card list has been updated accordingly.

Here's the full changelog:

For Android 4.1+ (Jelly Bean):
- Reminders (e.g. say "remind me to buy milk this evening", "remind me to take out the trash when I get home")
- Upcoming books, music albums, tv shows and video games you may like
- Real time public transit updates (select cities)
- Last train home (Japan only)

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • CuriousCursor

    Google Music app also updated

    • sssgadget

      Indeed

    • Thomas Lovett

      Now uninstalling Ron's version of Music+ (which was awesome)... This new one looks great.

    • Merri Mogridge

      Wow it looks great! No need for Apollo/Now Playing anymore.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sabrina.long1 Sabrina Long

      I just realized that it needed to update and WOW!!! I love this so much!!

  • Thomas Lovett

    I've tried the reminders and they work really well. I'm still not taking the trash out tonight though. It's why I have a wife.

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      At next year's I/O... Google Wife. Featuring persistent notifications, suggestions for nearby farmer's markets, and landmark-based navigation.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ronny.pueschel Ronny Püschel

        Thank you for the laugh!

  • RichA

    I haven't been able to use Google Now since the update in early April, updated just now, still broken Google Now on a stock Gnex.
    Oh well, the other products work well, Google Now is still a wash.

    • http://loneplacebo.com/ Tony Hue

      Same here. I got my Nexus 4 last week, and after enabling Google Now, refuses to work. Crashes constantly.

      • Brad Aanderud

        Did you try uninstalling Google search and re-installing it? I had a problem where it would not speak when I searched. Doing this fixed my issue.

        • RichA

          Tried that, didn't work

        • http://loneplacebo.com/ Tony Hue

          Working now for me after updating Google Search with today's new version. So far so good.

  • Matthias

    Does anyone know if some of those things, especially the reminders, work in languages other than English?

    Unfortunately, the German version even has lost some features in the last months... :(

    Before, it was actually reading answers to questions aloud, now it only shows the answer without speech.

    I hope they get this right some time... :/

    • http://www.facebook.com/leonardob0880 Leonardo Baez

      tested the reminder in spanish and it work ok

    • squiddy20

      It might have just been a checkbox that was unchecked. From the main screen of Google Now/Search, go to Settings>Voice and make sure "Speech output" is set to "Always".

      • Matthias

        Tried that, the setting is already correct, and changing it doesn't seem to do anything. Thanks for the hint anyway.

        • Freddy

          geht leider nicht in deutschland... bzw nicht auf deutsch.

          is there a way to set the phone to US (so that voice works) but keep the 24 clock and time zones and stuff?

  • jacob

    does anyone have an .apk? i have a different DPI and my play store is... disadvantanged.

  • quantumsuicide

    Updating to the latest version of Google Now seems to have broken Google Location services on my phone. Despite it being enabled, Google Now refuses to work because it says Location services is disabled.

  • Rob

    Anyone know how to get smartphone to stop giving those "Time to Work" or "Time to Home" updates? I lost my job and updated it in Maps (e.g. I deleted the saved "work" place) but the phone has yet to recognize that update and it's been days since I did the update. (oO)

    I suppose I could turn those updates off, but I was trying to avoid that.

    • FrillArtist

      Exactly. It won't let me delete my work address anymore. I work from home so I don't need a work card constantly appearing. I just want to delete it for good!!!

  • Freddy

    thats cool and all. i i got the update. but voice doesnt even work in germany...

  • Emre Isik

    It seems that search by camera was removed can't find it.

  • Matthew Fry

    Voice through bluetooth doesn't work now. Completely broken.

  • PhilNelwyn

    Google's official Search app (aka Google Now)

    No. ;-)