Google Now may soon be able to deliver reminders based on whom you’re with


Users of Google Now already enjoy the benefits of its convenient reminder system. With a simple voice command, you can configure to Google Now to give you a little heads-up about something that might otherwise slip your mind, triggered either at a particular time in the future, or using location data to present you with the reminder at a specific place – like how you need to remember to pick up a quart of milk next time you’re at the market. While not yet confirmed, a new report claims that Google is now looking to expand this system to support reminders based on proximity to other users.

Supposedly, Google’s been working on a system by which reminders can be triggered based on you coming into contact with specified people. The details aren’t entirely clear just yet, but presumably this would rely on the location data being shared amongst Google+ users within their circles. That way, if you wanted to share news with a friend but email seemed too impersonal, you could tell Google Now to remind you next time you and your buddy ended up in the same area.

It’s a solid enough idea, and very much fits with the sort of things Google’s been doing with Now, but we wonder if it would really see widespread use. After all, time and location-based reminders are going to be easy for everyone to take advantage of – this only sounds beneficial if your social group is all plugged-in to Google+. Maybe they are, and you’re good to go, but we can imagine how this one might sound a little better on paper than it ends up being in real life.

Source: Android Police

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