Google Now, Google’s new Android feature, now has a landing page with information about it. This includes the diagram above.
The page begins with the promo video we looked at previously:
“Google Now gets you just the right information at just the right time,” Google says on the page. “It tells you today’s weather before you start your day, how much traffic to expect before you leave for work, when the next train will arrive as you’re standing on the platform, or your favorite team’s score while they’re playing. And the best part? All of this happens automatically. Cards appear throughout the day at the moment you need them.”
Luckily, Google provides a small look at those cards on the landing page. Perhaps more interestingly, Google tells us what data it uses for each one. Google Now is kicking off with 10 cards. These are for:
1. Traffic (Shown based on current location, location history and Web History)
2. Public Transit (Only shown if location services enabled)
3. Next Appointment (Shown based on synced calendars and current location)
4. Flights (Only shown if location services and Web History enabled)
5. Sports (Shown based on Web History)
6. Places (Only shown if location services enabled)
7. Weather (Only shown if location services enabled)
8. Translation (Only shown if location services enabled)
9. Currency (Only shown if location services enabled)
10. Time At Home (Only shown if location services enabled)
With the traffic card, Google Now will let users see traffic conditions and alternate routes before you go to work. It also shows traffic to your next “likely destination”. The Public Transit card, shows when you’re near a bus stop or subway station, and what buses and trains are next. The Next Appointment card checks traffic so you know how long it will take to get there, and gives you notifications for when you should leave. The Flights card keeps you up to date on flight status, like when there are delays (and presumably cancelations), and gives you traffic conditions to the airport, for flights you’ve recently searched for.
The Sports card updates you on what Google thinks are your favorite sports times, based on search history, and gives you live scores and upcoming games. You can also buy tickets from the card.
The Places card suggests nearby restaurants, bars, and other places of interest. Users can jump to Google Maps for more info, get reviews, and make reservations.
The Weather card is pretty self-explanatory, but it shows weather for your current location, as well as work.
The Translation card translates words, the Currency card lets you quickly check local conversion rates, and the Time At Home card simply lets you know what time it is at home when you’re traveling.
Google Now, so far, appears to be largely about making travel more convenient, but Google says it will be adding more cards. It will be interesting to see what they come up with.
What cards would you like to see?