Make Your Life Easier With Google Now's New Features
The hands-free search may be used for:
- Setting and managing alarms/calendar events/reminders;
- Getting directions/planning trips;
- Checking weather forecasts;
- Getting quick answers;
- Making calculations;
- Managing some of the phone’s settings, etc.
- Turn on/off Wi-Fi/Bluetooth. Google will open the appropriate settings menu.
- Turn on/off the flashlight. It will be especially helpful for finding the phone in the darkness.
- Show/read/reply to my messages. Google will show your 5 last messages, which may be then read aloud or replied to.
- <Lower> brightness, Make Volume <louder>. You’ll be also sent to the settings.
- Call/Text <a user’s name> You’ll have an opportunity to contact someone, for example, while driving.
- Play music. By default, Google will send you to Play Music’s “I’m feeling lucky” radio. If you want to define the app, say “Play music in <the app’s name>”; however, then you’ll have to launch the playback manually or state the name of the song/artist.
- Open <the app’s name or a website>. It works with the majority of applications and distinctly pronounced URLs.
- Set an alarm. Google Now will give you a wake-up call whenever you need it.
- Open camera + Take a photo/Record a video. Frankly speaking, it’s rather difficult to imagine a contactless photo-taking process, unless one uses a tripod or a holder, of course.