According to a new report, Google Now is about to get a whole lot smarter and more useful in the process. It looks like the Mountain View company's agenda had more than just the launch of Android 4.4 KitKat and Nexus 5. How about a turbo-charged voice assistant then?
But the stuff Google says is coming November 13 is the real gravy, and it's a shame it isn't already ladled on. One of those things is the ability to ask you questions — so you might say "text Jennifer" and it will reply "which Jennifer," and then ask you to dictate the message. It's also going to get the ability to search inside applications, and launch them to complete tasks for you. So, you might search for a restaurant, and an option in the results shows up for OpenTable, which you'll be able to fire up and make a reservation. It's also going to use location cues to drop cards into Google Now, even more so than it does currently. At Yellowstone it will show you geyser times, for example. Sadly, none of this stuff was lit up yet, so I wasn't able to test it. I'm not dinging the phone for that (and it's not getting any extra credit), but given how interesting these features are, it's kind of crazy the phone launched without them.
Mathew Honan - Wired
We aren't particularly surprised upon learning about this, seeing that Google Search has been one of the most heavily worked upon features in the past couple of months, and it shows clearly in the Nexus 5. The new Smartphone is more Google Search centric than anything else, with "Ok, Google" taking the front seat. We can't wait for our favorite personal assitant to get smarter. More details on the same this Wednesday.