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This article was published on August 22, 2013


Google Now gets new cards to handle car rentals, concert tickets, commute sharing and more

Google Now gets new cards to handle car rentals, concert tickets, commute sharing and more


Jon Russell
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Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.

Google has updated its Search app for Android with a bunch of changes to its personal assistant-like Google Now service, which is getting cards for car rentals and commute sharing, as well as improvements to the existing public transport card to help commuters catch their train or bus.

There’s a multimedia push on top of the transportation focus, and a new “remind me” button pops up in search results to place reminders on upcoming new music albums, book or TV show episodes. For live events and concerts, Google Now has a card to prepare the resources and tickets required.

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Google now is also getting smarter at watching listening to the news. It can provide ‘second screen’ information behind the programming (and even the music) that you see on TV — that’s in addition to more standard information about programs and people within them. Smart TV owners just tap the mic and say “listen to TV” to kick things off.

Finally, Google Now is getting real-time scores for the upcoming NCAA football season, helping surface updates from games involving a user’s favorite team.

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