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Mar
bills

Ready for another Google Now rumor? We've already seen evidence of contact-based reminders reliant on your proximity with another person, and "inferred events," whereby Now would pluck mentions of meetings or other appointments from your conversations to automatically create calendar entries. This time, we have something just as useful - a new bill pay card and interface, evidently headed for Google Now.

Disclaimer: No matter the confidence level, there's always a chance product updates, features, and some or all details will be changed or cancelled altogether. As with all rumors, nothing is 100% until it's officially announced.

We do not have possession of any APKs or unreleased devices, so please don't ask for them.

Confidence Level

Our confidence level on this rumor is 9/10. As with our last 9/10 rumor, a point is only deducted because this is a pre-release feature without official acknowledgment. A source familiar with future Search plans has indicated that this feature is coming, and code found in a recent Search update corroborates that information. As stated above though, unreleased features can change or disappear completely before making it to prime time.

The Rumor

As with our previous two Now-related rumors, this one is very simple - Google Now will (according to a source familiar with the matter) remind you of upcoming bills, provide helpful information, and give you a quick link to pay the bill online. According to our information, the reminders could include bills for things like utilities, cell providers, credit accounts, and possibly others.

It will apparently do this with a card like the one seen in "The Evidence" below, asking users if they want reminders for a given bill. If so, a card displaying the amount due, minimum payment (if applicable) and other information will hang out in your Search app until action is taken.

Your bills will also likely show up in search results (only visible to you) when you ask Google things like "what is my next bill?" All bills may also be viewable in a single list.

The Evidence

Based on available information, we've created the mockup below. This is not a source image, but judging from information made available by our source, and pieces of code in Search 3.3, we believe this is what Bill cards will look like.

bills_framed

There are plenty of code snippets pointing toward bill entry and a simple card layout like the one above (thanks Cody). First, fields for bill entry:

private String accountNumber_;

private Money amountDue_;

private BusinessData businessData_;

private int cachedSize;

private int category_;

private TimeWithZone dueDate_;

private List gmailReference_;

private boolean hasAccountNumber;

private boolean hasAmountDue;

private boolean hasBusinessData;

private boolean hasCategory;

private boolean hasDueDate;

private boolean hasLastAmountDue;

private boolean hasMinimumAmountDue;

private boolean hasPayUrl;

private boolean hasState;

private Money lastAmountDue_;

private Money minimumAmountDue_;

private String payUrl_;

private int state_;

And then of course some strings

<string name="due_date">Due %1$s</string>

<string name="account">Account %1$s</string>

<string name="min_due">min %1$s</string>

<string name="prev_bal">Prev bal</string>

<string name="last_month">Last month</string>

<string name="pay_site">Pay now at %1$s</string>

<string name="see_more_bills">See more bills</string>

Final Thoughts

Cards that remind you to pay bills and surface all the relevant info you'll need certainly seem very helpful. That said, billing information can be sensitive. If our information is to be believed, account numbers would be partially obscured, but with this feature activated, you might want to keep a lock on your device's screen.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Ben Said

    ..

    • Aincalandorn

      That basically sums up how I feel about this, too.

    • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

      So just use a damn recurring calendar event for bill reminders. It's what I've been using for years, as a USian, and it'll work for you ferriners too.

      I guarantee it.

      • cabbieBot

        <3

      • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

        And I should use the damn iTunes instead of Play Music because an USian have been using for years?

    • Jamba

      these foreigners expect that its so easy to do shit instantly for a county thats not there or that they arn't fully familiar with, it takes time man, so stfu and wait

      • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

        I wonder how hard is to make OK Google available in languages whereas the pronunciation is the same.

        • impulse101

          What do you think that its simple and they just want to make you mad? Use your god damned brain

          • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

            Makes sense, I think Google just like to piss people off.

            I know it is easy as pie, I'm a developer, but Google has its priorities and looks like they prefer to use a small amount of people to test their new features before making it global. Come on, OK Google wasn't available in Canada in its launch for no reason.

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          Copy/Paste the code lol

      • Fraa

        Okay, so I would like to suggest to give European countries priority on the next major updates or new features. Let the US wait for them, just like we are doing now. For some odd reason I don't think you would like that.

        It's easy to say "stfu and wait" if you're the one that doesn't have to wait, if it was the other way around you would probably be the one bitching about it. Google shouldn't even put us in this situation, that's the issue here.

    • NemaCystX

      I said it once, I'll say it again. Google is an AMERICAN company. The Good Ole USofA! What else did you expect?

      • Joshua Hill

        I thought their business was registered in Ireland so they could avoid already low tax rates in the U.S.A..

        Wouldn't that make them an Irish company :p

        • Christofftofferson

          No that avoids tax in europe, not the US

          • Joshua Hill

            Thanks, I didn't know that trick didn't work in the U.S.A. It works to avoid tax in Australia so there might be some more countries outside of Europe too.

        • sssgadget

          In the US it's registered in Delaware I think.

      • ins0mn1a

        yeah, google only searches US based websites and it's accessible only to the US users (they check your passport before you enter the search term), and earns money only from US based ads... oh, wait...

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        an American company that also provides services for pretty much the rest of the world. If Asia and Europe would say "screw Google" and stopped using all of Google's ecosystem (apps, search, Android, Gmail, YouTube, ...), do you know how long would Google last?

        It would go bankrupt in one day

        • impulse101

          Lol right.

        • Gabernasher

          Their revenues and profits would drop, but they'd still be profitable as their expenses would also drop.

          • Roger Siegenthaler

            They'd actually be facing pretty big problems because they still have huge server centers in Asia/Europe that still cost them quite a lot ;). Also, little to no growth potential would absolutely kill their investors which also, wouldn't be great.

          • Gabernasher

            I'm sure if everyone stopped using their services they'd sell said data centers.

          • Roger Siegenthaler

            Because selling a data center is something that happens instantly and wouldnt result in huge write offs... it wouldnt kill google but it would put a sizeable dent in their cash reserves.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      As usual

      • Gabernasher

        Yep, people are bitching that it'll probably be US only, that's the standard.

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          US isn't the king of the world, you know. This bitchslapping from Google by limiting certain features/services to US-only is absolutely unforgiveable compared to Apple that has no trouble of providing their services across the globe while Google still has Wallet, Magazines, Devices, and 75% of GNow features/commands limited to USA

          • Gabernasher

            Go buy an iPhone.

          • jedidagobah

            So, go and open a Google competitor in Europe. . And yes, America IS king of the world so STFU.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Oh great, bring on the mindless patriots

  • Tills13

    Why include code?

    • Connor Mason

      ...why not?

      • Tills13

        What purpose does it serve? No one who otherwise didn't understand the post is going to get it after seeing the code.

        • Gabernasher

          To quote Artem "Because it's extra evidence supporting the rumor?..."
          Are you stupid?

        • Simon Belmont

          Just for the record, I appreciate the added code. Not only for the fact that it supports their claims on an upcoming feature, but also because I just like seeing these strings (I'm a coder by trade).

          It doesn't hurt anything to add it and you can just skip it if you don't want to read it. My two cents.

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

      Because it's extra evidence supporting the rumor?..

    • Yuku Sugianto

      Interesting that Google uses "_" suffixes for field names. No more "m" prefixes. This will be in-line with Google C++ style guide.

      • Tills13

        Is that a C++ convention or a general language convention - I usually use _vars for local and var for global in scripting languages.

        • impulse101

          Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • djl__ford

    In before "U.S. only"... Oh wait

    • Jamba

      what do u expect? its a use based company obviously its gonna start here with new stuff then expand :|

      • Jamba

        *US

        • Guest

          That moment when Americans fail at their own language - priceless.

          • Ram fickle

            Technically it's not their language. *cough* England *cough*

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Yeah, expand... in, like, 50 years

    • Owen Finn

      I'm happy not living in the US, even if it means I miss out on being reminded to do something I should already remember to do as a responsible adult. I'm cool with this.

  • Taylor

    Meh. I wouldn't trust Google Now to remind me about something as important as paying bills. Google Cal is more that sufficient.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      I wouldn't rely solely on Google Now to ensure I've paid my bills. It would be ludicrous to say, "Well, no Google Now cards telling me to pay a bill. Guess I'm all caught up!" It'd be as silly as saying "No movies card, I guess the theaters are closed!" But I'd certainly welcome a reminder card that lets me know how much a bill is due and when. If nothing else because half the bill emails I get are a haphazard mess of information. It'd be nice to have a clean interface.

      • ins0mn1a

        but if the reminders are sometimes there, sometimes not (this is certainly my experience with g now), doesn't that make them just a gimmick? if one needs to put time, energy and thought into maintaining the entire "reminders infrastructure" independent of google now, that means that google now is not really saving us any time or effort. am i getting this wrong?

        • impulse101

          They are always there for me so its user error if you aren't getting them

          • ins0mn1a

            how can it possibly be user error, if the whole point of the thing is that it's completely automatic? maybe i used the wrong airline to book the flights that it didn't recognize?

    • Larry Simpson

      Agreed

    • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

      This.

      For years I've simply used monthly calendar events to remind me to pay the few bills that I don't have on auto-pay about a week before they're due. Much more resilient than google now reminders in my experience.

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

        It's not just about reminders. There's also bill history, payment statuses, Google Search integration, and who knows what else.

        • NemaCystX

          I wonder what companies it will support though or if it will be like Mint and you just input the info manually (ie: account, username and pass) I use Mint daily and I love it. But it lacks with bill reminders and other things that this new update to Google Now will have.

  • raddacle

    If only Google copied this mockup fully and included translucent status & navigation bars.

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

      What are you talking about? The Google Now launcher already does this, if you swipe to the left. Fully translucent.

      • raddacle

        Had no idea though I'm using Nova on the Moto X, so when I open Google Now I get black bars across the top and bottom.

        • impulse101

          Haha you use Nova still? FYI you can also enable translucent nav bar in settings for Nova

  • Larry Simpson

    The email reminders I receive currently that remind me about my current bills are enough for me.

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

      Email reminders from Google or from your bill providers?

      • exadeci

        I guess they will do the same that with an amazon package when amazon send you a mails saying that it has been sent.

    • Ricardo Neves

      Google Now pulls the info from your email and presents it in a nice and simple format, just when you need it (instead of having to dig in your mail box).

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        You know, Gmail has folders and categories for sorting inbox, no need for digging

        • impulse101

          Its still nice to have reminders and cards at a glance. Much nicer than quicker. Change and options are ok.

  • MrNinjaPanda

    Next step, pay your bills from Google Now using Google Wallet.

    • joser116

      I really want for all sites to connect to a Google account so that instead of Google relying on our email for information, companies can feed certain information like this bill thing directly to our Google Now.

      • NemaCystX

        Why do that when Google gets to read our emails? lol

        I got nothing to hide, so I don't care either way

        • joser116

          The reason I said that is because it will be more accurate and reliable than having Google use software to parse information from our email. Having accurate and detailed information is important for this billing thing that Google is doing. Google getting the info from our emails is ok, but it will be more "safe" if the information is provided directly from the source. P.S. My comment was actually inspired by Ravenscrafts comment below, especially the second to last sentence, so you can get a better sense of why I suggested what I suggested in my first comment.

        • Kcls

          Because I've invested pretty much everything into my own personal email, which goes through my website. I can't really switch to Gmail at this point so I also miss out on all these cool features.

          • ksavai

            just set rules to fwd all mails to your gmail acct...

      • http://si97.com/ Saif
        • joser116

          I've known about that for a long time, but that's different.

  • darkdude1

    Google now is continuing to get better and better, certainly the future of personal assistants.

  • Your Mother

    right now I keep bill reminders in my calendar since I've not found any bill minder apps that are of good quality. putting reminders in Google now isn't really all that great unless i get pop ups or alerts.

    • impulse101

      You get notifications the same as you would from Google calendar. You also get cards right on your Google Now home screen. I probably look at my Google Now page 10 times a day. You really should be using GEL Launcher instead of Touchwiz or other garbage like that

  • Max_Freedom

    Doesn't a calendar already do this?

  • Tj Hariharan

    MAN, I'm in Asia for something fur a few months...and I get no cards. No movie cards, no traffic cards, tv cards, no "here are places near you" cards..nothing. i went from 6 or 7 cards to one.

  • Kam Siu

    It's just Google now handling the notifications verses me starring them and then forgetting it.

  • RH

    Something useless in search for a way to gain more data.
    I just use the built in CALENDAR app to set up the few bills I need to pay each month.