Google Now picks up new tools for offline operation
This week’s update to Google Search is really proving to be one of those gifts that keeps on giving. We first learned of the new version on Wednesday, and initial reports detailed a few of the improvements that were present, the most notable of which the support for parking reminders. Then yesterday we heard about another pretty useful change – or at least, one that had the potential to start being a lot more useful in the future – as Google started making progress towards implementing voice control for phone settings. Today Google itself is finally talking about this new version of Search, and it points out another feature that’s new to us, with Google Now gaining the ability to cache cards for offline use.
If you’re a city dweller, always finding yourself deep within giant concrete monoliths, or flying around in a subway car dozens of feet below the surface, you’re probably well used to going without a reliable data connection. That need no longer threaten to limit Google Now’s usefulness.
With this week’s Search update, Now will keep your cards loaded, even when your connection drops out. That way you can stay on top of meetings and appointments, including when your phone’s incapable of connecting to the cloud. Maybe that’s just a minor improvement, sure, but still one that’s appreciated and one we’re sure that more than a few Google Now users have been hoping for.