Google Now video demo shown - works on Android 4.0

Unfortunately, when Google announced Google Now for Android 4.1 (Jellybean) at its I/O conference, we didn't follow it up with another article. However, almost two weeks have now passed and Android Police has now documented 60+ voice commands with Google Now – allowing users to find out information that they may be interested in, based on their search results, history and personal information from various Google services. The videos of these commands can be seen below:

From the videos, we can see that Google’s new fancy-schmancy language engine makes translation extremely accurate to the point where it completely overshadows Siri. For example; it’ll pick up differences between words like ‘Worcester’ and ‘Wooster’ depending on the context both words are used in, and simply has the ability to calculate what you’re planning to do, or give you options of what you can do depending on the location you are in.

Additionally, Google Now has recently been modified to work on Android 4.0 (Ice-cream Sandwich) using two optional methods, but voice searching does not work. However, if you’re interested in just using text-based searching with Google Now on Android 4.0, then follow this guiderooting is required.

Thanks for the tip, still1

Via: Neowin Forums
Source: Android Police

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Why is it that when Google Now comes up in discussion, it's always about the voice recognition? That's not even the part, Android has always had that, though its improved. The cards are the biggest deal, specifically how it creates reminders, remembers your searches for future reference/auto updates, and the ability to smartly bring the reminders/updates back when appropriate.

its great to see Apple and Google pushing each other to come up with improved tech. i dont miss the days when the major selling point of a device was increased storage

NeoPogo said,

Not hate. Just dislike... BIG differance.


You're lack of restraint on posting such a pointless comment contradicts you.

Xenosion said,

You're lack of restraint on posting such a pointless comment contradicts you.

I guess he failed to show me what the difference was. He did an excellent job proving himself wrong. If he's smart, he should stay quiet and leave with his tail between his legs.

lotus22 said,
Could this article have been written in a less Google bias way?

Could your post have been written in a less Google hate way?

The article is based on the video. If you have a Jelly Bean ROM and a iPhone 4S, try the same commands and see for yourself.

The article tells it like it is. You don't like it you shouldn't be posting on this article in the first place. Otherwise please give me an example of the Google Bias.

When I read a review about how more human speaking Google Now was compared to Siri, I was expecting more than a few recorded phrases such as "Setting Alarm" or "Playing Music".

I don't see anything that stands out about this. Siri can handle sentences and speak them, this just says one or two words.

I'm not impressed, just another Google copy product.

itylernallen said,
When I read a review about how more human speaking Google Now was compared to Siri, I was expecting more than a few recorded phrases such as "Setting Alarm" or "Playing Music".

I don't see anything that stands out about this. Siri can handle sentences and speak them, this just says one or two words.

I'm not impressed, just another Google copy product.

More human speaking isn't a part of Google Now. And it applies to all the voice prompts in the OS, including navigation.

Also, if you'd watched the video, you would have heard it talk in several full sentences. It just doesn't waste time with pointless babble.

I'm not impressed, just another troll.

Edited by AJerman, Jul 9 2012, 5:40pm :

itylernallen said,
When I read a review about how more human speaking Google Now was compared to Siri, I was expecting more than a few recorded phrases such as "Setting Alarm" or "Playing Music".

I don't see anything that stands out about this. Siri can handle sentences and speak them, this just says one or two words.

I'm not impressed, just another Google copy product.


Did you look at the comparison videos? Both Siri and Google work well for most things, but over all Google is faster, less "annoying" and can understand many more commands/words.

Siri will probably catch up quickly, but right now, Google Now is definitely leading the way...

NeoandGeo said,
Apple fanboy alert, lol

How cute, when someone says one thing against the platform another person orgazems about at night they get all upset and call out "fanboy".

itylernallen said,

How cute, when someone says one thing against the platform another person orgazems about at night they get all upset and call out "fanboy".

orgazem?

EvoFlux said,
Have GN on my GSII and I love it.

GN refers to Galaxy Nexus not Google Now (usually)

So are they having it on?