Google Now's Big Future
On Monday Google announced an iOS version of Google Now. Siri may suddenly seem like an under achiever to many iPhone and iPad users. The blog Search Engine Land provided details on how Google Now works, focusing on its predictive search capabilities. Google Now will combine physical location with calendar appointments, Google+ connections, web search and selective reading of Gmails to prepare “cards” that it predicts its user will want to see without waiting for any prompts or queries. It also offers voice recognition that many bloggers claim compares favorably to Siri.
Venture Beat published a hands on that included a video showing cards in actions. Google Now knows that you have a flight in two hours (because the e-ticket was sent to Gmail) and that the trip will take 90 minutes based on current traffic. The more you use Google products the more helpful it can be and this week could be one small step in Google's mission to build the “Star Trek” computer.