Many of us have been using Google Now voice commands with varying effectiveness and it seems that Google continue to improve it’s functions without many of us paying attention to what they are. We reported a couple of days ago that a Google Now/Search update brought with it a few new cards including Waze and an NRL team follow functionality. What many didn’t seem to notice was that at the same time Google introduced a conversation function into Google Now.
Now you can start a conversation by firstly saying “OK Google”, “Send a message”. The Google mic icon turns blue and Google Now then asks “Who do you want to send the message to?” and after you reply it then asks which number to send it to, mobile or home. If it doesn’t recognise the name spoken it will prompt you to enter the name of a contact you wish to message. It then asks you what the message is . After speaking the message it asks if you want to send the message, Yes or No. As simple as that. It also works for email, although I did have to say “send an email” in a really bad American accent for it to recognise the phrase. The microphone icon and the text will always highlight blue while Google Now is speaking to you.
Google have also released a Google Now landing page to explain just what Google Now is, what it can do and how to get it. It seems that Google are really pushing Google Now along at a fast pace. and as Google Now becomes more and more useful we seem to lose track of what commands it can respond to. There are so many. Below is a list of commands made into a nice little graphic by Trendblog.net.
At this stage the Australian content is limited and remember you need to go into the settings of Google Now (bottom right hand side of the Google Now page for those with a Nexus) and change the voice to English US for voice commands to behave as above. Hopefully Google update this further to include more local content for us Aussie users to make Google Now more useful in an everyday use.
Are there any missing in this graphic? Do you use Google Now? How do you think it can be improved?