5 Cool Things Google Now Can Do

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TRACK PACKAGES FROM AMAZON, NEWEGG, EBAY AND MORE

Normally, it’s a bad idea to deal in absolutes, but everyone tracks their packages. Fortunately, Google Now makes it easier to obsess over a package’s current location. As long as your package is being shipped from a common carrier, Google Now has it covered. It pulls information from your email to create the card, setting itself up automatically and encouraging endless clicks of that unfortunately accessible “Track Package” button.

SET AN ALARM WITHOUT AN EXACT TIME

Most people set their alarms manually or tell Google Now to “set an alarm at 8PM.” You can also “set alarm 2 hours from now” or even “set alarm 2 hours and 30 minutes from now.” This feature is wonderful for taking naps and avoiding even the slightest math. You can also use this feature for shorter events (“set alarm for 20 minutes from now”) to be reminded to take cookies out of the oven or turn off a burner. Google Now will confirm the alarm by saying it aloud, so you can rest assured, knowing your alarm is actually set for 7:14 AM rather than 7:15 PM.

SUGGEST MOVIES, TV SHOWS, AND MUSIC

Google Now uses its search history to determine what movies, TV shows, and music interests you. If you regularly watch Iggy Azalea videos on Youtube, it might suggest purchasing her album. Even better, and those for us who aren’t made of money, you can tell Google Now what TV network you have, in addition to any online subscriptions (Hulu Plus, Netflix, etc.), and it’ll base its suggestions on what you can watch without buying anything. With Google’s new algorithm that can detect hit movies based on how and when people search for them, you’re bound to get a few good suggestions.

LEARN DAILY, WEEKLY, OR EVEN MONTHLY COMMUTES

It’s widely known that Google Now learns a commute, but there is more to this feature than meets the eye. Do you visit family every other weekend? Do you leave for class at 10AM every Tuesday and Thursday? Are you occasionally late for that class thanks to an unfortunate amount of traffic at seemingly random times? Google Now intelligently tracks your movements and begins to predict where you’ll go next. It’s also adept at determining how long a commute will take based on traffic patterns.

Know Your Preferred Transportation

When setting up Google Now, it asks your preferred mode of transportation. The use of public transit is at an all-time high since the 1950s, with millions of people opting to take buses, trains, and even rent-able bikes. Google Now takes this into account when calculating the distance and time between work, school, and nearby attractions. It also notes the times of public transit stops, so you can grab a bite to eat without first needing to navigate a terribly organized government website.

VOICE SEARCH FROM YOUR COMPUTER

Google Now for desktop or laptop computers is a relatively new feature released in March 2014. Only the latest versions of Chrome have Google Now. It works exactly like Google Now on tablets and smartphones, although it will ask permission to use the computer’s microphone for voice search. And no, you don’t have to click on the search bar anymore; simply say “OK, Google” followed by “how do I make lasagna?” You’ll know Google Now is listening when it says exactly that. You can set the same cards onto the Google Search home screen, allowing a seamless transition between your mobile device and home or office computer.

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