Google Now gets voice music controls, TV info, deal reminders


Google continues to keep pushing the boundaries of what you can accomplish with Google Now, and today releases an update to its Search app that brings Jelly Bean users a few new tricks they can pull off.

First up, there’s the new TV card, which lets you get info on a show you’re currently watching. Unfortunately (at least for many of us), there’s the caveat that you need to have a newer HDTV with internet connectivity, and your smartphone must be connected to the same network as the set. That seriously limits the use of this feature, but when it works, you’ll be able to get info about actors and factoids related to the program.

A new location-based feature will alert you to Google Offers you might have saved, as the software detects that you’re approaching a location where you could redeem them.

The update also brings tips about how to take advantage of the app’s voice controls, and adds the ability to control music playback with spoken commands.

If you haven’t yet seen your notification, keep looking, as this update is currently on its way out to users.

Source: Google
Via: Engadget

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