It’s been a while since I’ve talked about new and improved Google Now features. Not to say there haven’t been any (see: Shopping), I’ve just been too busy worrying about important stuff like, well, you know… food!
Google Now updates and additions have been rolling out quicker than I can say “OK Google” — I don’t know what’s going on over there in Mountain View but I like it. We’ve been treated to health questions, NCAA stats, increased movie details, and a lot of other useful information. I’m honestly starting to become convinced that Google Now will one day become all we need on our phones.
Don’t believe me? You will after you let Google get you drunk with their latest feature.
Google Now is always changing, adapting, and adding new setting for users to enable, modify, and benefit from. One recent change we noted, was the addition of medical symptom information in card view, right when you ask for it. And now, we’re treated to yet another new Google Now feature: voice activated settings.
Google Now is getting more expansive and helpful everyday thanks to information that Google is getting from users. Apparently 1 in 20 questions asked on the search engine is health related. To aid these statistics, Google has enabled answers from their knowledge graph to be shown when you search for health information.
After going over some of the new features in Google Now, one visual change has those of us outside of major metro areas quite happy. That change? Google Doodles! Now, instead of the generic Google Now background image, we’re treated to the same featured Google Doodle of the day as you see on the web.
We knew it was coming, and like I predicted, it took less than a week for an update to bring us the new Google Now widget. Lucky for us, that’s not the only addition made in the latest update to the Google Search app.