Google Chrome Beta Browser Adds Hands-Free Voice Search

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2014-03-03 Print this article Print
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The "cards" appear at the moment they are needed by users, such as the train schedule card appearing when a user is heading to the local train station. Users of Google Now set their own preferences for what information cards appear on their mobile devices. A wide variety of cards are available for Android users to receive instant updates about public transportation, flight information, traffic reports, sports scores, appointments, weather, hotels, events, restaurant reservations and more.

In April 2013, Google unveiled its Google Now service for iOS as part of a new Google Search app so that users of iPhones and iPads could benefit from its notifications.

In March 2013, reports surfaced that Google Now was also under development for desktop users. An early glimpse of the upcoming feature was posted on Google+ by a French developer, Francois Beaufort. The service was not yet live at that point, but its appearance in the beta build could indicate that Google is looking at expanding its use to the desktop.

In December 2012, Google Now received a host of other intriguing improvements aimed at making holiday travel easier and less stressful, including the availability of instant, up-to-date travel information before users even head to the airport, train station or bus terminal.

Google Now also brings travelers helpful information on the weather and things to do in their destination city as they travel. Once travelers are at their destination, Google Now can display options for things to do in the new location, including information on local events near users, as well as suggestions for Websites to explore the events and to get more information on museums, culture and more.


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