Google Now support spreads to additional apps, as new Now cards arrive

Back in January we learned about a big expansion in the works for Google Now, as Google invited new app partners to integrate their content with the company’s service. We heard more about such efforts last month, as Google talked about plans to release a Now API to further streamline how app content could connect with Now. This week Google’s showing off where all this has led, announcing Now integration with dozens and dozens of apps – some seventy, total.

The sorts of information these apps provide run the gamut from news, to entertainment, to fitness, and even dining – really, all the kinds of myriad reasons we use apps on our phones in the first place are driving these apps to make the transition to Google Now cards.

That new support is intended to give all this software a more useful, accessible place in the lives of users: Now cards allow for interactions that are maybe more contextual and useful than content pulled up through deliberate interaction with apps, while providing us with something that’s a lot richer than might be possible with standard Android notifications.

You’ll start seeing these new Now cards debut over the next few weeks – for a preview of what you can expect, hit up the source link and follow Google’s announcement through to its growing list of Now app partners.

Source: Google

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