Google Now shows a lot of contextually relevant information in an easy to read, card interface. The beautiful Google Now backgrounds from artist Brent Couchman, are quite stunning, but limited when it comes to the global reach of Android. But it’s all about context in Google Now, and it appears that Google is working on using contextually relevant photos from your location to display in Google Now.
First reported in the US, where a reader from the Google Operating System blog saw changes in Miami, it appears that based on the time of day, you may actually see different photos of your location in Google Now. In Australia, it seems that Sydney is the only place which has customised Google Now backgrounds, with our readers supplying these backgrounds for Sydney which seem to show one for the morning and one in the evening :
For those outside of Sydney, you’ll generally see the customised illustrated backgrounds which we’ve all come to know and love. If you travel to cities such as Sydney or further afield to San Francisco or London for example, you’ll see the custom illustrations or photos like those seen above. These photos or illustrations as you can see do change based on the time of day.
If you would like to play around with the custom Google Now images, you can use apps like Fake GPS (Thanks Greg), which is available in Google Play, and spoof your location to one of the cities mentioned. You can also change the time on your phone to get the different backgrounds to appear.
It would be great to see some more diversity in the Google Now backgrounds, possibly even crowd sourcing them from Google+. We’ll wait and see.