09
Apr
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We've reported on several Google Now-related rumors recently. If our information is accurate, Google Now will soon be able to help you remember and pay for bills, automatically infer events from your communications, and serve you reminders depending on who is near you. Today, we've got another one. This time, Google wants to help you remember where you left your car.

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 we can distribute or unreleased devices, so please don't ask for them.

Confidence Level

This rumor gets a confidence rating of 8/10. Points are deducted simply due to the unpredictable nature of pre-release features, and the fact that while there is teardown-based evidence for this, it is rather scant. Still, we are confident that this is probably going to happen, and is at least being worked on.

The Rumor

The rumor is fairly simple - Google Now will allegedly detect when you get out of your car, and attempt to remember that location for later, serving you a card with Google's best guess as to where you left your vehicle - including a location and what time you parked. Presumably, users will be able to hit the map on the card and navigate back to their car, though there's a button below the map that would seem to offer the chance to correct Google.

The Evidence

As we've stated before, we won't always share source images for unreleased software, for various reasons. We will however mock up functionality and interfaces as faithfully as we can, to communicate to you what things will look/feel like. That said, here is our mockup based on information available to us:

wm_parked

There are also a couple of code snippets to back up this functionality, small as they may be. The specific code that hints at parking reminders is a string that doesn't appear in the default strings.xml file of the APK, but does appear in four of the individual language folders.

/values-en-rGB/ <string name="car_location">Where you parked</string>

/values-en-rIN/ <string name="car_location">Where you parked</string>

/values-es/ <string name="car_location">Dónde has aparcado</string>

/values-mn-rMN/ <string name="car_location">Таны парк хийсэн газар</string>

Final Thoughts

Exactly how Google will choose to implement this isn't clear, but it is likely to involve activity features already built into Android. There are actually already apps (like Auto Finder or Valet) that use the activity recognition API and Android's fused location provider to automatically remember where you parked while running in the background.

Regardless of how it works behind the scenes, it's always nice to see a peek at what might be coming up to make Google Now even more powerful.

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.

  • Mayoo

    Voice command for it will be "Dude, where's my car?"

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

      MAKE IT SO, GOOGLE. The people have spoken.

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    • Sean Stone

      Don't you mean "OK Dude, where's my car?"

      • Mayoo

        No, just "Dude, where's my car?".

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        • Carol Bernard

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      • cizzlen

        lel

    • anonymous

      Sweeet

      • Mayoo

        What does mine say?

        • Asgard

          Duuude

    • Simon Belmont

      Ah. Damn.

      You beat me by 5 hours. I put the same thing above, but extra points for the picture?

  • darkdude1

    This is what sets Google Now apart from Siri and even Cortana, actually doing useful things, rather than gimmicky things which get boring.

    • polesmoker99

      BS! The joke telling feature is always useful with Siri.

    • JamesSB

      Nokia's HERE Drive+ already has this, 'find my car.' It was released back in Nov 2013.

      • bozzykid

        There about about a million apps on the Play Store than can do this. But that isn't the point. This is going to be done automatically without any user interaction. That is the big feature here. Marking where you parked on a map wouldn't be interesting otherwise.

        • JamesSB

          The default mapping solution on Windows Phone is HERE maps. Also, on HERE Drive's 'find my car' you don't have to note the location. It does it automatically once you stop moving. It just provides other tools to help you.

          • pghahaha

            Well, it's integrated with Google Now, already a massive and accessible information hub. That's the point. HERE Maps is just for mapping tools. Google Now is your flight ticket, your newspaper, your movie showtime board, your encyclopedia, and now it could tell you where your car is from the same place.

  • eaek

    Great feature, one less app to have in my phone :)

  • matteventu

    "APK Teardown" - in the title.
    "We do not have possession of any APKs" - in the article.

    Android Police wins lol

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

      The APK teardown was of the already released version of Search. We don't have any unreleased APKs where this feature is live is what that message means.

      • matteventu

        Just joking ;)

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

        So, what's up with your profile picture? Is it some kind of magical monkey or something?

        • Tom Carrio

          Pretty sure it's StarCraft 2. En Taro Tassadar :3

        • Tom Carrio

          Pretty sure it's StarCraft 2. En Taro Tassadar :3

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

          That's precisely it!

        • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard
          • Justin W

            An Archon from Starcraft 2 to be exact. His username for a few social networks (reddit, twitter, IIRC) has Archon in it as well.

        • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

          New avatar proposal

          • Simon Belmont

            Hahaha. LMAO.

            What's been seen cannot be unseen. Now I'll never look at Artem's avatar the same again.

  • black

    My primate instincts do this already. As a decedent of anthropoids, you should be ashamed to use such an app.

    • ins0mn1a

      lemme guess: you hunt / forage for your own food because you are ashamed to shop in the stores? also, anyone that is even slightly different than you is an idiot, right?

      • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

        Oh come on, he was joking! I actually thought it was pretty funny lol

        • ins0mn1a

          so you are saying my sarcasm detector is malfunctioning? you could be right. i would expect a somewhat higher absurdity level in a sarcastic statement though, the one above is pretty indistinguishable from your regular macho trip. of course, that could be the joke ;).

        • ins0mn1a

          so you are saying my sarcasm detector is malfunctioning? you could be right. i would expect a somewhat higher absurdity level in a sarcastic statement though, the one above is pretty indistinguishable from your regular macho trip. of course, that could be the joke ;).

  • frafri

    Dónde has aparcado ?? lol

    aparcado? what type of spanish is this !!

    • Sorian

      Aparcado is the past participles form for aparcar, if my high school spanish class was right.

      • frafri

        I believe the right word would be " Estacionar"

        • ins0mn1a

          these are variants of the same thing. kind of like british vs american english. spanish is possibly even more heterogeneous since it is spoken is so many different countries.

          • frafri

            That makes sense !

        • Manu Delgado

          Here, in Spain, we say aparcar, so aparcado is the right word. It's quite different sometimes.

        • Asgard

          Dude, I don't know what version of Spanish you are using, but I'm Mexican and I use the word "Aparcar" as well as "Estacionar"

        • Carlos González

          Aparcado es correcto. Saludos desde España.

    • basteagow

      It's Spain Spanish. Odd to me as well, but not wrong.

  • Fatty Bunter

    Let's hope this is good incentive for some better GPS antennas. Gets pretty rough here in the DC area on my Nexus 5 sometimes...

  • Harsha

    What if I had a bike instead?

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Android's able to differentiate between driving, biking, and walking, so presumably it could remember that too. But I don't know if it would say "Where you parked (your bike)"

      • Harsha

        Isn't it so that as per Google in maps app, bike means bicycle and not a motorcycle? Because of the icon used. Whenever I use navigation, I tap on car icon even though I'm on motorcycle.

      • Nicholas Polydor

        How does Android differentiate between driving a car and travelling on a bus or coach? I presume it can detect a train by the high speed.

  • Joey M

    This could lead to an interesting additional service I think. If Google is able to track where people are parked - and assumedly when they leave said spot, there's an opportunity to also track spots that have recently opened and navigate directly to a potentially available parking spot for other users.

    Of course this relies on enough data to make this data actionable but it'd certainly be an interesting additional capability.

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

      Pretty sure this is the direction we're headed. Not near future, but yeah, I'd expect it in the next few years.

      • Michael J Carroll

        Would this also help us find the assholes who take up multiple spots?

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

      Pretty sure this is the direction we're headed. Not near future, but yeah, I'd expect it in the next few years.

  • remister

    Where's my bill payment reminder?

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

      Why don't we allow for at least a single update from Search first?

  • Matt Dowdy

    My moto x knows when I start driving and turns on driving mode and pretty much the moment I stop, get out of the car and walk a few yards driving mode automatically turns off so in effect everything that the phone needs to place a marker as to where I got out of my car and turned driving mode off is already there, useful feature when you go to a town that you've not been to before

  • Simon Belmont

    Cool. I want to be able to say use a voice command for this.

    Like this, but replace "Dude" with "OK, Google" like so: http://derekwinnert.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/341.jpg .

    • mbcls

      my favorite movie of all time!

      • DonPorazzo

        Poor You ;P

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    Just to hijack the article for a moment, the reminder when near something rumour - I wonder if instead of being based on being near someone - which lets face it even with today's technology - would be pretty hit and miss, I wonder if instead it will work more like cortona? You get a text, phone call, hangout from the person you set a reminder for - and Google Now will swing into action?

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

    Too bad it won't work unless you are online like usual.

    • Crispin Swickard

      A lot of this now stuff is server side, but it is sad that we aren't allowed to turn off our data now, and then to conserve battery without losing functionality we want.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/doomstang Doomstang

    If it can remember what level of the parking garage I parked on, I'll be impressed.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/doomstang Doomstang

    If it can remember what level of the parking garage I parked on, I'll be impressed.

  • s33me

    My geotagging app can also mark points of interest, like where you parked. You can then find your parking spot with your camera using https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.warmixare2

  • Mohammad Ali Fouani

    Not where you parked?
    Then somebody stole your car idiot!

  • John

    This comment relates to the new reminders feature mentioned in a more recent post. If Google now knows I am in a car, I would like this to trigger events I need reminding. This would be a 'how' along with the current when and where.