New Google Now features tipped to arrive next week


The Nexus 5 already does a great job with Google Now – having the launcher listen for voice prompts makes the services’ voice search just that much easier to use. But as it turns out, it looks like Google let the phone loose before all the latest Google Now improvements were quite ready to go, as we get word that a host of new features are expected to debut next week, on November 13.

For one, Google Now is about to get a lot more chatty. That means that the service may talk back to you after a request, asking for confirmation or additional information. For instance, if you asked it to text someone by first name, and multiple matches showed up in your contacts, it would press you to specify which.

We also hear about better integration with other apps on your phone, searching within them and launching them when needed, and a number of improvements to the types of search results you’ll see. That could mean more detailed location-aware cards, including timetables for local attractions.

Why didn’t all this debut with Android 4.4? Who can say? But the important part is that it should be here soon.

Source: Wired
Via: The Droid Guy

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