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Google Now does a lot of neat things, but the way Google plugs in its wealth of data makes sure the functionality changes often and in unexpected ways. Case in point, it helps you set reminders for some oddly specific events. Need to cancel an auto-renewing membership? Try asking Google Now.

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Simply tell Now that you want to cancel Netflix, Amazon Prime, or a number of other services, and the card will give you a direct link with no additional prompting. The link will be called "Cancel Subscription," and it will open the actual cancellation prompt for some services like Netflix. For others (Hulu Plus, for example) it appears to just link to the FAQ page on the site that directs you to the correct account page. Still more convenient than digging around yourself, though.

I've found this works (to varying degrees) with Netflix, Hulu Plus, Comcast, and Amazon Prime. There are likely many more services it'll work with, so let us know what you find.

[Thanks, Brent Cole]

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.

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  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/pamela-hill/ Pamela Hill

    I'm curious if it'll remind you to cancel your Google Play All Access subscription? ;)

    • Gitanshu Sardana

      It actually does.

  • James O’Leary

    Someone's been "researching" Kate Upton.....

    • Miguel Ripoll

      Yep, haha

    • Guillaume

      question is, who hasn't ?

      • Frank Lopez

        I havent. I DONT THINK SHE is anything special. All tits no ass. Disgusting figure - nothing sexy cute face and rtits the rest is meh

        I mean really. Where are the curves.

        http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/pr/subs/swimsuit/images/13/13_kate-upton_14.jpg

        • AbbyZFresh

          You won't be saying that if she was standing right infront of you.

          • NinoBr0wn

            Honestly, she has a nice pair, but she has negative ass, no hips, and she's just kinda cute.

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          Wow. Judgmental much?

          • Frank Lopez

            No, just stating my opinion. Does not necessarily applies to all. He asked a question about who hasn't. lol

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

            If your "opinion" is that a supermodel is "disgusting," yeah, it's a little judgmental. A simple "She's not my type" or "I'm not a particular fan of her body style" would have sufficed.

            We all might speculate that if actually given the chance to be with a woman like her, you'd change your tune, but at least then you wouldn't be an overly critical jerk to a woman just because she's not your perfect ideal.

          • dude

            I don't care much for the public's infatuation with models and Hollywood stars.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            And your opinion is highly judgmental. You've decided to focus entirely on her body and looks, in 2014, and you called her disgusting and judged her entirely on her body shape. Yes, judgmental.

            Her body doesn't approach disgusting. But your personality? Totally.

          • David Belyea

            Yet everyone else is just talking about her body, his opinion is just as fine as theirs. And I agree with him.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            But most everyone else wasn't a disrespectful prick about it, making their attitudes harder to pick out at the time. More jerks have surfaced since my initial comment, though.

        • John Smith

          "see more" and I was promptly rewarded

        • bigdawgx

          sounds like research to me.... LOL

      • NinoBr0wn

        The question is why would I?

    • http://gplus.to/mbirth Markus Birth

      For science!

      • DirkBelig

        And my axe!

      • manonyme

        yeah, Im gay and I'm even transfixed by the "boingy-boingy" ...

    • Scott

      Do you blame them?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/pamela-hill/ Pamela Hill

      Yeah, that was gonna be my comment too, but I stuck with the All Access comment instead. Oops, I guess I've said it now thought...

  • Oobiewan

    in case of Spotify it also takes you to the appropriate FAQ answer with the links

  • Cuvis

    Strange... It doesn't give me the "Cancel Subscription" link, just Web search results. What version was used for this article?

  • vgergo

    "Hi Galaxy, remind me to cancel amazon prime" https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.viczian.deathtosvoice

  • Chris G

    Interesting. I used Google now to remind me to do stuff like this in the past. But now with a convenient link to it. Random but useful

  • mtz

    Very nice. Cancel this, cancel that, remind, send email and sms. And in my country we only got weather in google now :)

  • Daniel Koman

    "okay, google. remind me to cancel my 1-month subscription to that shady porno site before it auto-renews."

  • AbbyZFresh

    Ok Google Now, tell Google to stop collecting so much personal info on me.

    • CoreRooted

      Don't use Google products then? If you want personalization features, they have to collect data.

      • qf

        They have to collect data, they dont have to store that data and then use it for whatever purpose they deem fit, Google fanboy.

        • CoreRooted

          Hardly a fanboy. However, almost EVERY company that we use cloud based services from collects and stores every bit of data they can get their hands on. Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung and just about every other "personalized" cloud based service all store data about nearly everything we do. How about Facebook?

          Also, since when is it as they deem fit? Google (and most every company in the list) allows opting out of various things. It is native to not know about and use the tools provided to protect your information online. Instead people complain about "this company is using my data!!!".

          Bottom line is that if you don't like how much data is collected (and used), then don't use the services. Seems pretty simple to me.

  • Daniel Marcinkowski

    Spotify subscription also works

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

    I'm mostly using the Google Now reminders for movies and games release date. Works well so far and doesn't clutter my calendar.

  • Karlo

    Tryed and still it asks me for time or date