Google Now picks up tools to save us from unwanted subscriptions

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Smartphones can make it so easy for us to spend our money. As online services pick up on our tastes, they become more equipped to offer smartly tailored recommendations, and while we appreciate being informed about the hot new game or upcoming album from an artist we might like, that also means being presented with a lot of opportunities to shell out some cash. That’s what makes it so refreshing to see a smartphone doing something to help rein-in our spending, like we learn about today with Google Now’s tools for canceling subscriptions.

Recurring subscriptions can be deceptively difficult to quit, especially if you’re not keeping on top of them: you meant to cancel it this month, but the payment already went through, so you might as well keep using it for the time being… until you forget to cancel again.

As it turns out, Google Now has some built-in functionality to help you get out of such arrangements. You can ask Now to cancel your subscription, and while it won’t do it automatically, it is tied-in enough with a number of services (Spotfiy, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and others) to offer you direct links to cancellation pages. And if you’re not ready to end things just yet, you can always set a reminder to put cancellation through at a future time.

Source: Android Police

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!