I am a big user of Google Tasks to keep track of all of the little things that I need to do around the house. Most of my tasks are simple reminders for me to pay my bills a couple of days before they are due.
As soon as Google announced that you can now add reminders into Google Now my first thoughts were is this going to integrate into Google Tasks. As soon as I tried it for myself, the answer was pretty clear; No, not at the moment at least.
I then started comparing the two are I have found that for my use of Google Tasks, the new Google Now reminders can do almost everything I want from a tasks app. I can tell it what I need to do and when I need to do it and my phone will then remind me to do those things.
There are a couple of things that Google Tasks does better though. Those are an easy way to view your outstanding tasks and completing those tasks prior to the due date. You can delete your reminders in Google Now if you complete a task early, but you lose the ability to track that tasks as a completed task. You can view all of your reminders in Google Now but it is hidden in the settings menu.
The second thing is the ability to modify a reminder. Say for example I remind myself to write an Ausdroid article when I get home, but then I find out that I have other plans and I won’t be able to write the article until the following day. The only way to change this is to delete the current reminder and create a new one. I want to be able to modify an existing reminder.
I have a feeling that the Google Now reminders has not been designed to replace Google Tasks, but given the fact that Google have neglected tasks for quite some time now, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see additional functionality added to the reminders system and we see the death of Google Tasks.
What do you think, could Google replace tasks with reminders? How have you been using the new Google Now reminders?