Google is again adding features to its Google Now service, which displays real-time, as-you-need-it information on your Android smartphone or tablet as you need it through pop-up "cards" that display the information.
The latest additions are a TV cards feature, which gives users instant facts and data about the television shows they are watching at that very moment, as well as new cards that pop up advertising Google Offers for purchasing deals aimed at the user's interests, according to a June 26 post on the Google Now page on Google+. The TV cards feature only works, however, with Internet-connected TV service for users in the United States at the present time.
"If you have an Internet-connected TV, Google Now can help unlock more information about what you're watching," according to the post. "Just connect your Android device to the same network that your TV is on and tap 'Listen for a TV show' in Google Now.
"We will show you information, like where you've seen an actor in the cast before, or more information about the people mentioned in the show," the post continued. "So if you were watching Nik Wallenda cross the Grand Canyon this weekend, with Google Now, you could learn that the 'King of the Wire' in fact holds seven Guinness World Records, including highest bike ride on a high-wire."
The Google Offers feature provides instant reminders for users when they are near stores that offer products they are interested in purchasing through saved offers they have stored on their devices. "Google Now will pull up the offer so you can use it quickly and easily."
Both new features are in the latest updated Google Search for Android app, which is now available free on Google Play. The app is compatible with devices that run Android Jelly Bean 4.1 or later versions. Google Now also has a version for Apple iPhones and iPads, but these new features are not yet available for those users.
Also available in the new Android app is a new voice action capability to allow users to play music from their phone or from the Play Store using voice commands.
In April, Google unveiled its Google Now app for iPhone and iPad for the first time as part of a Google Search app for iOS.
Google Now, which was introduced for Android devices by Google in June 2012, presents its information through a series of flip-through "cards" that are visible on the screen of a device, providing a different piece of information on each card. The "cards" appear at the moment they are needed by users, such as the train schedule card appearing when they are heading to the local train station.