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How to Setup and Use Google Now

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Google Now Introduction:

Many people incorrectly think of Google Now as a clone of Apple’s Siri when in fact it is so much more than that. Google Now is not just a simple app that listens to your queries and then answers accordingly, it is more of like a personal assistant whose main purpose is to automate your life and make it easier. It accomplishes this by collecting information from you and then by making use of it provide you with a vast reservoir of useful information whenever you need it. But, for you to truly enjoy all the benefits of this perky little functionality, you will have to put a little bit of trust into Google.

If you do so, Google Now will tell you the weather forecast before you start your day, notify you about you the amount of traffic you might encounter on your way to work and also whether the team you were rooting for won or not. If you want all that, then we are here to show you how you can get all this out of the app.

Setting Up Google Now:

You can open Google Now either by taping the Google search bar on your Android’s home screen or by selecting Google from the app drawer. If you are opening it for the first time, you will be asked to set it up for use though you needn’t set it up at that very moment as you can always do so by entering ‘Settings’.Google Now

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If you want the most out of Google Now, then you will have to give up a bit of your privacy. First, go to the ‘Privacy & accounts’ and select ‘Manage location history’ to make sure that the ‘Enable location history’ option is ticked. When you are done with this, go back to the ‘Privacy & accounts’ page to make sure that the ‘Web History’ option is also turned on. If you ever want to access your web history, you can simply do so from here and also edit it if you want.

Enabling both these options have now given Google Now the permission to draw on them whenever it wants.

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One of the most important part of Google Now are its cards which provide you bits of news and information it thinks you will find useful or are interested in. You can tap ‘Google Now all cards’ to select your preferences about what kind of information you want to receive through the cards and then select ‘Notifications’ to choose which card type merits a notification and what the notification bell should sound like.

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You can also set your ‘Home’ and ‘Work’ locations and tell Google Now about your favorite teams and movie stars in the ‘My Stuff’ tab to further customize your experience.

Google Now Offline Speech

The Google Voice usually only works online but if you want to use it to perform other functions when you are offline too then you have the option to make that happen in the ‘Voice’ tab. Simply select the ‘Download offline speech recognition’ and now it will work while your device is offline as well.

The Experience:

Google Now will really come into its own when you let it run for an extended bit of time on your phone as it will be constantly be learning more about your habits and interests during that period and then optimizing itself to better suit your needs.

With time, you will get more relevant and interesting cards and a phone that will be able to figure out that you have an appointment across town but due to traffic may not get there so that it can give you a notification suggesting alternative routes or starting a bit early.

Google is constantly working on the app to make it an even better experience and also adding a steady stock of voice commands to its roster so that now you can even ask the Google Now to listen to a song in order to identify it for you and also give you a link to a website where you can buy it.

Google Now Tips and Tricks:

Add location to your calendar events so that Google Now can notify you at the time you need to leave in order to make it there.

Use Google Goggles to identify objects around your room through the phone’s camera.

Use Voice commands to speed up the search process.

Learn 66 little known but great Google Now commands over here.

[Via: Android Authority]

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