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Nov
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Google Now's website has received a slick new redesign, and it's quite a looker. The landing page is now rich with animations and background video, providing an experience so immersive that if you haven't already tried Google Now, or even if you've just been taking a break, you might want to go fire it back up. The page offers a great primer for anyone who isn't already aware of what Google's portable personal assistant is capable of.

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Perhaps more interestingly for current Google Now users, the site provides examples of the many available card types. Considering the service generally just keeps me up to the date on the weather, my web browsing habits, and how to drive back home, this is a nice reminder that it's capable of so much more. You can even click on each card for a brief description.

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If you're already up to date on all that Google Now offers, don't expect much in the way of new information here. Just tuck the bookmark away for the next time someone asks you what Google's quirky little app is all about. It will get them up and running, even if they don't use Android.

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Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • Josh Legoza

    Did anyone else click on the article because they thought there was a Google Now website that actually served you personalized cards like the app, not just info on what it was? I was thinking "How did I not know this before?!"

    • Thomas’

      Yeah, why didn't they replace iGoogle with a Google Now page? Lost potential.

      • lbrfabio

        They probably will...

        • Jason Bell

          Something better may be coming, if the "enable-google-now" option in chrome://flags is any indication.

          • lbrfabio

            My guess? The new tab page on Chrome will be Google Now + full integration with chrome history and notifications like they appear with that flag option.

          • RitishOemraw

            I hope so, the current new tab page is just wasted potential.

          • Joshua

            You got me so excited and then I hit disappointment. Damn you, Ubuntu!

    • Brayden Reesor

      Yep. I was about to make a new home page! Shame... They should really look into this.. I would be surprised if they weren't.

    • J_Pod

      Exactly what I thought and did as well

    • Biyobe

      Yep... what a surprise!! Another misleading headline on a rather pointless article

    • justin

      i thought the same thing haha

    • Dr G

      The only cards you can get online https://www.google.com/now/topics

    • andy_o

      And I was gonna post a snarky remark on how something that no one knows existed in the first place got "revamped".

    • David Hart

      I was seriously going to change my homepage..

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    Humm.....I didn't even know of this website. I guess it makes sense that it would have one, I just never really thought about it.

  • Di Lu

    Still no Google Now for PC, I remain disappointed.

    • Phil Oakley

      It's supposed to be coming out for Chrome quite soon.

  • black

    There's a Google Now website too? Hmm...

  • bachinphx

    It's like the difference of "Let's eat Grandma" and "Let's eat, Grandma". It's all in how you present it!

    • Alex

      I feel like this joke is completely unnecessary, and you just wanted to mention it because you like it.

      • Cat Astrophy

        I feel like your comment is completely unnecessary, and you just wanted to complain because you like to.

  • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    What I want is to have Google Now on my desktop, with reminders and all..

  • Martin Huber

    awesome for all guys in the us...

    • hot_spare

      Yea.. True that.

      I enabled Google now for a month. There was nothing apart from some random weather card and bad battery drain. It all looked fine and jazzy when I look at reviews and youtube videos. When I use it, I still can't find a single practical use. This is like a Samsung's 'eye-scroll' gimmick for me. It's in my phone, but disabled.

      (Well, I am not saying that others don't find it useful. Some people may like it, and it's understandable)

  • RockAndRock

    The french version of the website is really empty...

  • wickets

    I dont understand the news card......what sites do you sign into to get news updates....its all very cryptic lol

    • wickets

      p.s. And sports scores.....never get those for any nfl teams i follow. Im almost certain when now first came out, scores were updated when the score changed

  • Ivan

    I don't understand why they didn't add the COMMANDS for opening this cards on the Page All Cards... It will be so much better when you press the card, after the info, to be the command for this card..

  • evilFlexo

    No GMail cards for Apps account holders still.

  • Zargh

    Maybe this website will help people learn the difference between Google Now and Voice Search. (COUGH Motorola COUGH).

  • Simon Belmont

    I like the new conversational speaking on Google Voice Search. It needs a little work, though.

    For example, it couldn't pick out the difference between a Junior and Senior (son and father) in my contacts when I wanted to send a text message. It UNDERSTOOD that I was saying "junior" and it even put that in the text box, but it got got stuck at choosing the right name anyway and the whole workflow fell apart. I know it JUST came out, so I expect small niggling issues like this. Hopefully, they get ironed out soon and make more voice commands conversational (and add the ability to read back messages after you dictated them, before sending them out).