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There is a new Google Search update rolling out, and it's bringing a bunch of new functionality to Google Now. There are new cards for car rentals, concert tickets, commute sharing, NCAA football, updated transit, new TV info, and better reminders. It's like we're drowning in cards here.

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Here's the full list of new and improved cards from the official Android Google+ account:

  • Car rentals card: Get reservation details and directions to the rental center directly in Google Now, which together with the boarding pass and hotel reservation cards, makes Google Now your ultimate travel companion.
  • Concert ticket card: Going to a concert? Google Now will have your event ticket ready when you arrive at the venue; along with popular, locally relevant websites, such as the upcoming events page for the venue.
  • Improved public transit cards: If you regularly take public transit, Google Now will now inform you about the last train or bus to home so you never miss it.
  • Commute sharing card: When leaving work, you can now choose to inform your loved ones that you are on your way home. Learn more at http://goo.gl/bVUkLY
  • Set reminders while you search: When searching for music artists, movie actors, filmmakers and TV shows on Google, you’ll see a new “remind me” button on the panel by the search results. Click on it and a Google Now reminder will show up for new albums, book releases or upcoming TV episodes. 
  • Updated TV card: Google Now can tell you about the news mentioned and music playing in the TV show you’re watching, in addition to program information and people mentioned in show. Simply tap on the TV card if you have a smart TV or tap on the mic and say "listen to TV”.
  • NCAA football scores: Football season is about to start, and Google Now has you covered--you can now see real-time scores for your favorite NCAA team in Google Now.

A lot of this, like the car rental and concert ticket cards, will likely rely on pulling data from Gmail. The new reminders will be based entirely on what you're searching for.

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The commute sharing sounds kind of magical, but setup is weird. You can enable it by going into the Google Now traffic settings and turn on commute updates. Then add people under the "Choose who can see your location using Google+" setting. In Google+ the pinpoint location section is the one you need to add your trusted folks to. Yeah, it's kind of convoluted, but neat. It's also worth pointing out that our former compatriot Ron Amadeo spotted some of this in an APK teardown back in June.

As with all updates these days, the new version is rolling out slowly. You'll get it when you get it. You'll need Android 4.1 or higher to make use of Google Now, of course.

Update: Here's the APK (v2.7.9.789824, Android 4.1+, 14,872,254 bytes - thanks, Alberto!).

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Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • aNYthing6

    Damn staged rollouts.

    • Jeff718

      I'm still waiting for Maps and Keep and Chrome and...

      APK for this one is now in the article.

  • GreatNews

    Apk?

  • Josh Michielsen

    I think it would be awesome if they could start adding e-sports teams to the sports score cards

  • http://omgdroid.com/ Tony Simons
    • GreatNews

      Thanks

      • http://omgdroid.com/ Tony Simons

        No problem!!

        • elvisgp

          Trusted source?

          • GreatNews

            Downloaded and installed with no problem

          • http://omgdroid.com/ Tony Simons

            Trusted, yes. As well known as Android Police? No.

          • elvisgp

            Thanks!!

          • http://omgdroid.com/ Tony Simons

            Any time. Glad I finally could get an APK before the Police themselves, lol.

    • aNYthing6

      Thanks man.

      • http://omgdroid.com/ Tony Simons

        Yessir!

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Wow, what an unexpected announcement time. Did not expect news at this hour.

    • akshay7394

      Maybe they were trying to catch Android Police off guard... oops.

  • Jonathan Seymour

    It'd be great if they could add non-US sports to the cards, like AFL or NRL in Australia

    • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

      Or EPL, F1, IPL etc..

  • Harjifangki

    Most of it are useless unless you're an US citizen IMO.

    • Murican

      This is what freedom buys you.

      • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

        It also buys you PRISM.. #justsaying

        • anywherehome

          hope the true open source CyanogenMod becomes a standard with their own phone....

        • Sck

          Nailed it.

        • Pierre Gardin

          To be fair, I think his message was a bit sarcastic...

      • CoryDobak

        'MuriKKKa, fuck yea!

    • anywherehome

      yes, and in the US governs iPhone hype.....so it doesn't matter what Google do, it will not help much in US

      time to care more about outside the US and the US will slowly follow and abandon unreasonable hype about outdated iConboards......

      difficulties (not simplicity) wins outside US! US will follow in a few years slowly

      • Dylan Patel

        "iConboards"

        Wut

    • Zaatour36

      you mean unless you live in the U.S.!

  • http://omgdroid.com/ Tony Simons

    I love that Google Now will remind you of music artists, movie actors, filmmakers, and upcoming TV episodes.

    See my post on G+ here for more info: https://plus.google.com/111491466248379228198/posts/TkHHUNqUNVZ

    • NemaCystX

      and new Video Game releases

      • remister

        I can't seem to get that card to show up, do I have to search for anything particular for them to appear?

  • NF

    "Swimming in cards"

    This is what I'm afraid of

  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    If they had added national teams to football(I mean the real football, not the American one), that would be great.
    Sill can't add national teams to my clubs list in Google Now.

    • Michael

      There are many types of Football. European(Soccer), and Gridiron are two of the most popular. Neither can claim the word more any other.

      • Vardan Nazaretyan

        Nope, the one that you call soccer is the real football, period.

  • Frettfreak

    Cards cards cards. I fn Love them! I don't think there is any doubt that the (hopefully) new ui in klp will be very card-centric!

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    APK added to the post.

    • http://omgdroid.com/ Tony Simons

      Can't get a shoutout on AP to save my life, lol.

      Ah well... Maybe next time. :-P

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        We got the APK in tips a long time ago. Ryan just didn't post it because he wasn't sure if I'd approve it. Next time!

        • http://omgdroid.com/ Tony Simons

          No worries man, lol. I'm just giving you a hard time.

          The Police are a tough crew to stay ahead of lol. Definitely takes more than an early bird and a worm.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Heh, if I weren't watching Suits and then Duck Dynasty (for the first time, and surprisingly it was hilarious), we would have posted it earlier. You lapped us this time.

          • FrillArtist

            Were you watching the new episode of Suits?

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Yeah, whatever was on DVR.

  • Chronus719

    This is great. When Google Now first launched, I had everything on in the hopes that I would get at least a few cards because I loved the interface (even if the information wasn't relevant to me). Now, it's getting a bit cluttered, so I'm actually disabling those ones without relevant data, but am still getting all the information I want and the awesome interface. Just waiting for NCHA now!

  • Nevi_me

    Could things like commute sharing be one of the reasons why they canned Latitude?

    • NemaCystX

      Thats Exactly why. Lattitude you had to "check-in" manually, and not everyone wants to take the time to pull their phone out of their pocket everywhere they go and check-in to each new location. This method is so much better.

      • pfmiller

        I didn't use it, but I'm pretty sure Latitude had automatic check-ins as an option.

        • NemaCystX

          only after you checked in at that location at least once, then you had the option to "auto-check-in" each visit, but until then, it was always manual.

          • pfmiller

            That makes sense, since history frequently didn't know which of several nearby locations you were at. And nothing has changed, still is just as automatic.

      • basteagow

        This is not true; the whole point of Latitude was to have your location shared automatically and in (near) real-time 24/7. The ability to check in was added to Latitude two years after its initial release.

  • NemaCystX

    Well goodbye Glympse, Thank You Google!

    • LeDerp

      Id say not quite yet, Glympse works on all platforms and can work awesomely for groups as well. Its a step in the right direction though

      • NemaCystX

        well, for me anyway lol

  • nsnsmj

    Roll Tide!

  • RitishOemraw

    Was the scrollable bar at the bottom when you search for something always there?
    (with the buttons for: web, images, news, more and the menu button)

    To me it looks new...and very handy!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Yes, it was in 2.6.

      • RitishOemraw

        okay, seeing as I hardly use Google search on my phone (except from within chrome beta) it's no surprise I didn't see it before.
        Might use it more often now, as it seemed much better than the web interface when searching

  • wickets

    the reminder feature seems like it could be a very useful feature

  • iSadicâ„¢

    Google fix bluetooth issues before adding other US only card, please.

  • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

    Still makes very little sense outside of the US. Barely covers any sports that's not limited to the US.

  • aad

    still not available in my country, so i dont give a shit

  • Rob Johnson

    "It's like we're drowning in cards here."

    All I ever get is the weather lol

    • http://tsurufoto.com/ Aaron Tsuru

      weather and recent searches for me.

  • angel_spain

    Is this related to the fact that Chrome (in my desktop) asked me if I wanted to see Google No cards?

  • Owen Finn

    Need CFL scores, Google! And stop showing me stories on Justin Beiber!

    • Andy Stetson

      Stop searching for Justing Beiber then! ;)

      • Owen Finn

        That's the most annoying thing about it - I can't ever think of a time I've search for Beiber related information! But it's the only news item that ever comes up!

        Oh, and it seems that they have added CFL teams!

        • CoreRooted

          Do you have a daughter (or wife) that's searched for him on one of your devices? LOL

    • Tommymorymeorh

      I was able to add the BC Lions yesterday, but apparently the rest of the CFL has worked for a while.

  • Wesley Modderkolk

    Now if they would only release this stuff for more countries, it would actually be useful. Now it seems like the US are getting 1000s of cards(imagine scrolling trough all of them) and the rest of the world gets like 3 of those.

    In Holland here I currently receive only 3 cards. Time to home/to work(which most of the time is wrong or gives just stupid, time wasting suggestions. My next appointment and the weather.

    If I change the language to US English, I'll get more cards, like photo locations nearby, stocks(but in what way are US stocks useful to me?) and how much I have walked each month. But that hardly works because using both US english and Dutch as input is just confusing.

    Don't get me wrong, I love Google Now and i love the personal assistent thing, but for now it seems like US are getting flooded with cards, making the whole thing very unclear, and the rest of the world gets something that hardly adds anything.

    • JPB

      I'm in the USA. Truthfully, for any given day, I get those same cards. It's only when I'm traveling that I get the more interesting stuff - currency exchange, the translation card, hotel/air/car reservations, etc.

      I'm not being "flooded with cards". Not yet at least.

      I want Google Now on my desktop! I spend all of my working day in front of a 27" screen. Would love to see Google Now on it.

  • GoBlue

    Wow. I've been trying to do this with Tasker for months. Now my wife can know when I'm leaving work and about what time I'll be home. Great stuff!

  • Simon Belmont

    So, here's a question. If I have a Chromecast, can it act as the "smart TV" for the TV show features in Google Now?

    That would be really cool. If it doesn't, hopefully the enable it in the future.

  • br_hermon

    Google Now can't use 2 gmail accounts to populate its cards right, just one? I would like to use my primary gmail account for shipping, tickets, travel, etc but I don't like giving that address to companies because they'll inevitably give it to 3rd parties. Right now it's unknown to marketers and nice n clean. If I could create a second account for all the other stuff and have Google Now pull from it, that'd be awesome!

    • CoreRooted

      It can't use two accounts, but you can tell it which account to use. The issue though is that so much of gNow is driven by your activity on Google products that you would almost have to use your main account. I really wanted to do the same, but all my desktops, laptops and devices use the same account and the one I use for signing up for things can't be indexed.

      • br_hermon

        Yup. I figured that. I'm the exact same way... oh well, at least I can dream.

  • Carlos Rodríguez

    Can you post from which device was extracted the APK?

    That will give us more confidence about installing it if we have the same device.

    I'm asking this because google now releases the same app in different flavors for specific devices and in my case I'd gladly install it if the APK was pulled from a Nexus 4.

    Cheers!

  • Matthew Fry

    So do they receive the commute updates on G+ or on Google Now?

    • CoreRooted

      Google Now. It's just using the G+ Location API (for some weird reason).

      • Matthew Fry

        Thankya! Say what you will about G+ but my wife doesn't check it ever so the Now card is much more helpful.

        • CoreRooted

          You and me both. My wife is still a FB fiend. *shrug*

  • http://tonybullard.com/ Tony Bullard

    "a Google Now reminder will show up for new albums,"

    Yes yes YES!

    With every band these days using twitter and facebook to tell me what they ate last night it's ridiculous how hard it can be to just get a heads up on new albums. This is a great new feature.

  • http://tonybullard.com/ Tony Bullard

    While I doubt this is totally related, I can't help but notice this commuter notification thing is a lot like Waze's functionality.

  • http://thedangerbrain.com/ Alfonso Surroca

    Well, here's a point where it would be better to have even finer grain control and it kind of stinks that it's hooked into the Google+ settings... I don't want everyone with whom I share my precise location on Google+ to get commute updates.

  • dovidhalevi

    Yes, most new features are on available in "select" countries. With NSA authorization, of course :-)

    My problem with this (and Chrome) are that these are pre-compiled for armv7 instruction set which neatly excludes old phones like my old clunker.

  • tomhermans

    I have an issue with Google Now on the Xperia Z, no cards, no settings, no homescreen as described here (http://www.androidauthority.com/how-to-setup-configure-and-use-google-now-98749/) , no sample cards. Just "search", and yes the first result sometimes appears in a card.. that's it..
    Can anybody explain how to fix this ? is it me/the device/the app ? is this a known problem??

  • AgathaN

    Scroogle has obviously decided that one can ONLY search information close to where they live or in the US exclusively. I am Medical translator, based in the US OK but, I was searching a bunch of medical publications in France, Belgium, Switzerland & Spain. Now it is not possible to modify the language & country anymore to search somewhere else than in the US (or it is hidden so deep in the settings that it makes it too difficult to find hence to use). I have been using Google since the beginning, I have sent emails to complain about this but apparently the rest of the world does not matter to Google. FINE! I move to Bing!

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