Google Now: Sharing Events & Staying Connected Has Never Been More Fun!

by Megan Murray on June 07, 2013
App Name: Google Now
Operating System: iOS, Android
App Cost: $0.00 (as of 5/08/13)

Why This is Wirefly BUZZworthy

My Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone is running on the latest technology and has amazing features. My favorite part about the Android 4.2.1 operating system is the pre-installed Google Now app. 

My absolute favorite function of this app is the one that keeps me on schedule. When you have an upcoming calendar event that includes an address, a warning (called a 'card') will pop-up on your phone's display telling you what time you need to leave by to arrive on time for the event. Brilliant!

Even more amazing, Google Now seems to learn your habits and display cards as you need them, even without requesting the information. For example, every morning my Google Now-capable Samsung Galaxy smartphone automatically displays the traffic report of my commute. It does the same at the end of the day. Beyond calendar events, it can capture important information specifically for me, like if I need a coat or if my favorite sports team won!

Google Now is integrated into the Google Search app on compatible Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. So you may need to download Google Search, if you don't have it already.

My colleague bragged a little about this great app in a HTC EVO 4G LTE smartphone review

Pros

Google Now automatically remembers my habits, like my daily commute and searches. If I google a restaurant, my phone will add the location to my phone. In addition it gives updates on my sports teams, current weather and reminders in my schedule. It’s like having an awesome personal assistance who anticipates my needs.

Cons

Some people have privacy concerns with giving the app access to location and schedule information.

Final Verdict

Google Now is a personal assistant that makes your smartphone remember your habits and intelligently manages your day.  A must-have app for anyone running Android 4.1 or users of iPhones, iPods, or iPads running iOS 5.0 or later.