Google Now could be headed to Google's homepage on desktops

By Jos
Apr 22, 2013
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  1. Google Now was first introduced last year as part of the Jelly Bean version of Android. Generally regarded as a more comprehensive alternative to Apple’s Siri, the popular personal assistant feature was largely expected to hit iOS devices and Chrome...

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  2. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,710   +873

    I hope they bring this to Chrome. It will be the only new feature that will actually be useful, considering Chrome has been the same since version 6. I also hope this comes to iOS; I wonder if Apple rejected it since the last update to the search app only contained bug fixes.
  3. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,384   +607

    A good half of those 25 cards use location services for their data, so I don't know how this will convert to a pleasant desktop experience...
  4. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,710   +873

    Yeah, privacy issues arent the only problems to arise. You will also have that Windows Location manager thing alerting you every second (exaggerating) :eek:.
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,397   +831

    This crap sounds like it might be for someone who actually has a life. Hence, I don't want anything to do with it....Bah, Humbug.... (Yeah, you heard me right! I'm not even waiting for Christmas for that).
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  6. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,710   +873

    It kind of is useless though lol. For example, who needs flight updates from their computer if they have a smartphone. Plus, a lot of embedded PC mics are crappy, I dont think that will effect it though.
  7. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,384   +607

    I meant that a lot of the cards are dependant on GPS co-ordinates changing in order to be functional.

    - You're away from home area, so it shows you picture spots.
    - It's dinner time, so it suggests restaurants.
    - You're near a cinema on a day that you seem to go there, so it suggests movie sessions.
    - It's nearing home time and you're at work. It'll display traffic data.


    None of those things happen with a laptop. It doesn't stay on and go with you everywhere.
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,397   +831

    But, in large part, it's mostly Google business as usual. It takes other people's money for advertising, then tells you where to spend yours.

    Wut, did I miss something.......:oops:
  9. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,578   +76

    Got to hand it to Google search engine and now OS and now desktop.
  10. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,015   +683

    Actually, some do... my work laptop goes home with me every night, and it's my only computer at work. You don't necessarily need a GPS location if google is smart enough to just check which wifi you're connected to. Sure that won't work on the bus, but it would be able to tell me traffic at 4pm and know that I'm at work. I'd probably use it, although I can't say it would change my life any. How much different is it than just a bookmark I have to click on to check things?

    Of course, all that is useless if you work somewhere where they block social websites.
  11. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,710   +873

    Google will make it work I bet.
     
  12. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,384   +607

    Unlike those websites, and unlike Siri, Google Now presents the information to you. There is no need for you to initiate the search first. One of the major key differences that IMO (and others') makes Now a lot better than Siri.


    Edit: Good call on the take-home-from-work laptop thing. Traffic reports and such would still work, yes. :)
  13. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,015   +683

    You're right.. and that presentation is a big deal. What does everyone do at the bus stop or in the elevator leaving work/school? They check their phones. And having the traffic, important emails, reminders etc shown right to you is very helpful. It's the point of widgets and HTC's Blinkfeed on the One. Sounds like Google Now is the most advanced and I'm looking forward to trying it.
  14. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,384   +607

    Yup, it definitely makes me sad that I'm not living in a large metro area to make full use of it. :(


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